[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 34 (Wednesday, February 20, 2013)]
[Pages 11814-11815]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03889]



Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

February 14, 2013.
    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.
    Comments regarding this information collection received by March 
22, 2013 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: 
Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New Executive Office 
Building, 725--17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. Commentors are 
encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: OIRA_Submission@OMB.EOP.GOV or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental 
Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail

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Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-7602. 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: Forest Industries Data Collection System.
    OMB Control Number: 0596-0010.
    Summary of Collection: The Forest and Range Renewable Resources 
Planning Act of 1974 (Pub. L. 93-278), National Forest Management Act 
of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 1600), and the Forest and Rangeland Renewable 
Resources Research Act of 1978 (Pub. L. 95-307) amended by the Energy 
Security Act of 1980 (42 U.S.C. 8701) require the Forest Service (FS) 
to evaluate trends in the use of logs and wood chips, to forecast 
anticipated levels of logs and wood chips, and to analyze changes in 
the harvest of the resources. Forest product and other wood-using 
industries are important to state, regional, and national economies. In 
most southern states, the value of rounded timber products is ranked 
either first or second in relation to other major agricultural crops. 
The importance and value of the timber products industry is significant 
in other regions of the United States as well. The FS will collect 
information using questionnaires.
    Need and Use of the Information: To monitor the types, species, 
volumes, sources, and prices of the timber products harvested 
throughout the Nation. Using the ``Primary Mill Questionnaire'' FS will 
collect industrial round wood information from the primary wood-using 
industries throughout the United States and from mills in Canada that 
directly receive wood from the United States. FS will also use the 
``Pulp & Board Forest Industries Questionnaire.'' The data will be used 
to develop specific economic development plans for a new forest-related 
industry in a State and to assist existing industries in identifying 
raw material problems and opportunities. If the information were not 
collected, data would not be available for sub-state, state, regional 
and national policy makers and program developers to make decisions 
related to the forestland on a scientific basis.
    Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit; Not-for-
profit institutions.
    Number of Respondents: 1,937.
    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion; Annually.
    Total Burden Hours: 1,718.

Charlene Parker,
Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-03889 Filed 2-19-13; 8:45 am]