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Request for Public Comments on Proposed Information Collection Submitted to OMB for Review Under the Paperwork Reduction Act

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A request for the information collection described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)). Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by contacting the Bureau's clearance officer at the phone number listed below. OMB has up to 60 days to approve or disapprove the information collection but may respond after 30 days; therefore, public comments should be submitted to OMB within 30 days in order to assure their maximum consideration. Public comments on the proposal should be made directly to the Desk Officer for the Interior Department, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503 and to the Bureau Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, Reston, VA 20192.

As required by OMB regulations at 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1), the U.S. Geological Survey solicits specific public comments as to:

1. Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions on the bureaus, including whether the information will have practical utility;

2. The accuracy of the bureau's estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used:

3. The quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

4. How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other forms of information technology.

Title: Assessment of the Use and Benefits of Waterfowl Production Areas in Minnesota.

OMB Approval No.: New collection.

Summary: Respondents supply information through a mailed survey on (1) preferences for recreational and educational activities and experiences associated with Waterfowl Production Areas, (2) the non-economic benefits they receive from visiting Waterfowl Production Areas; (3) attitudes and support toward federal management and acquisition of Waterfowl Production Areas. Information will be used to improve management and operation of Waterfowl Production Areas and programs.

Estimated Completion Time: 25 minutes.

Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 700.

Frequency: Once.

Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 292 hours.

Affected Public: Visitors to Waterfowl Production Areas in the state of Minnesota.

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To obtain copies of the survey, contact the Bureau clearance officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192, telephone (703) 648-7313.

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Dated: April 10, 2001.

Dennis B. Fenn,

Associate Director for Biology.

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[FR Doc. 01-10294 Filed 4-25-01; 8:45 am]