[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 2 (Thursday, January 3, 2013)]
[Pages 282-283]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-31640]



Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

December 28, 2012.
    The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following 
information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. Comments 
regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy 
of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are 
to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques 
and other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Desk 
Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Washington, DC, [email protected] or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental 
Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-
7602. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured 
of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this 
notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling 
(202) 720-8681.
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information 
unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB 
control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to 
respond to the collection of information that such persons are not 
required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays 
a currently valid OMB control number.

Forest Service

    Title: Application and Permit for Non-Federal Commercial Use of 
Roads, Trails and Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order.
    OMB Control Number: 0596-0016.
    Summary of Collection: Authority for permits for use of National 
Forest System (NFS) roads, trails, and areas on NFS lands restricted by 
order or regulation drives from the National Forest Roads and Trails 
Act (16 U.S.C. 532-538). The authority for the Road Use Permit process 
comes from 36 CFR 212.5, 36 CFR 212.9 and 36 CFR 261.54. Section 212.9 
authorizes the Forest Service (FS) to develop a road system with 
private holders that is mutually beneficial to both parties. The FS 
transportation system includes approximately 380,000 miles of roads. 
These roads are grouped into five maintenance levels. Level one 
includes roads, which are closed and maintained only to protect the 
environment to level five, which is maintained for safe passenger car 
use. The roads usually provide the only access to commercial products 
including timber and minerals found on both Federal and private lands 
within and adjacent to National Forests. Annual maintenance not 
performed becomes a backlog that creates a financial burden for the FS. 
To remedy the backlog and pay for needed maintenance the FS requires 
commercial users to apply and pay for a permit to use the FS Road 
System. Maintenance resulting from commercial use is accomplished 
through collection of funds or requiring the commercial users to 
perform the maintenance.
    Need and Use of the Information: Information is collected from 
individuals, corporations, or organizations on the FS-7700-40 
``Application for a Permit for Use of Roads, Trails and Areas 
Restricted by Regulation or Order'' along with FS-

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7700-40a ``Commercial Use Attachment'' or FS-7700-40b ``Oversize 
Vehicle Attachment'' if applicable. The forms provide identifying 
information about the applicant such as, the name; address; and 
telephone number; description of mileage of roads; purpose of use; use 
schedule; and plans for future use. FS will use the information to 
prepare the applicant's permit, FS-7700-41 or FS-7700-48, to identify 
the road maintenance that is the direct result of the applicant's 
traffic, to calculate any applicable collections for recovery of past 
Federal investments in roads and assure that the requirements are met. 
Without the Road Use Permit, the backlog of maintenance would increase 
and the FS would have great difficulty providing the transportation 
system necessary to meet our mission.
    Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit; 
Individuals or households; State, Local or Tribal Government; Not-for-
profit institutions.
    Number of Respondents: 2000.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion.
    Total Burden Hours: 196.

Charlene Parker,
Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-31640 Filed 1-2-13; 8:45 am]