[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 184 (Monday, September 23, 2013)]
[Pages 58343-58344]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-23061]



National Park Service


Information Collection Activities: Visitor Perceptions of Climate 
Change in U.S. National Parks

AGENCY: National Park Service (NPS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We, (National Park Service), will ask the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) to approve the Information Collection (IC) described 
below. This collection will consist of a single survey instrument that 
will be administered through the National Park System. As required by 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, and as part of our continuing 
efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the 
general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to 
comment on this IC. The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) provides that we 
may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a 
collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB 
control number.

DATES: To ensure that your comments on this IC are considered, we must 
receive them on or before November 22, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Please send your comments to Phadrea Ponds, Information 
Collections Coordinator, National Park Service, 1201 Oakridge Drive, 
Fort Collins, CO 80525 (mail); or [email protected] (email). 
Please reference Information Collection 1024-NEW, Visitor Perceptions 
of Climate Change in U.S. National Parks in the subject line.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angie Richman, Communication 
Specialist, Climate Change Response Program, at 1201 Oakridge Drive, 
Suite 200, Fort Collins, CO 80525 (mail) or [email protected] 


I. Abstract

    The National Park Service (NPS) Units are valuable public spaces 
that serve many purposes including providing recreational opportunities 
and protecting our nations natural and cultural resources. In order to 
continue to preserve scenery, natural landscapes, and historic objects, 
it is important for NPS staff and visitors to understand the various 
benefits of and challenges to NPS units. Furthermore, it is also 
important to discuss what can be done within and outside the parks to 
preserve these benefits for future generations.
    As per the NPS Climate Change Action Plan, the NPS is seeking to 
promote resource stewardship and public understanding of how climate 
change will impact the National Park units. Data on how to best meet 
these objectives is needed to ensure public outreach and communication 
materials are well received and effective. The results of this study 
will provide NPS staff with recommendations and tools to effectively 
communicate climate related impacts in national parks and how the NPS 
is taking action to address these impacts. A questionnaire will be used 
to assess visitors' responses to climate change messages at thirty 
parks across the country.

II. Data

    OMB Control Number: XXXX-New.
    Title: Visitor Perceptions of Climate Change in US National Parks.
    Type of Request: NEW.
    Description of Respondents: Individual.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: One time.
    Estimated Number of Responses: 9,000. We estimate an average of 300 
responses per park, across 30 parks.
    Annual Burden Hours: 1,500 hours. We estimate an average of 10 
minutes per response.
    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping ``Non-Hour Cost'' Burden: 

III. Request for Comments

    We invite comments concerning this IC on: (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the agency to perform its 
duties, including whether the information is useful; (b) the accuracy 
of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information; (c) how to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of 
the information to be

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collected; and (d) how to minimize the burden on the respondents, 
including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.
    Please note that the comments submitted in response to this notice 
are a matter of public record. Before including your address, phone 
number, email address, or other personal identifying information in 
your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including 
your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available 
at any time. While you can ask OMB in your comment to withhold your 
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that it will be done.

    Dated: September 18, 2013.
Madonna L. Baucum,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-23061 Filed 9-20-13; 8:45 am]