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Notice; request for comment.


In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension with no revision of a currently approved information collection, OMB 0596-0105, Land Exchanges.


Comments must be received in writing on or before February 4, 2013 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.


Comments concerning this notice should be addressed to Vicky Wessling, National Land Adjustment Program Manager, Lands, 1601 N. Kent St. 7th floor, Arlington, VA 22209.

Comments also may be submitted via facsimile to 202-205-1604 or by email to:

The public may inspect comments received at Office of the Land Adjustment Program Manager—Lands Staff, 1601 N. Kent St. 7th floor, Arlington, VA, during normal business hours. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to 202-205-1047 to facilitate entry to the building.


Vicky Wessling, Lands Staff, 202-205-1047.

Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.


Title: Land Exchanges.

OMB Number: 0596-0105.

Expiration Date of Approval: 04/30/2013.

Type of Request: Extension with revision of a currently approved information collection.

Abstract: Land exchanges are discretionary, voluntary real estate transactions between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Secretary of Agriculture (acting by and through the Forest Service) and a non-Federal exchange party (or parties). Land exchanges can be initiated by a non-Federal party (or parties), an agent of a landowner, a broker, a third party, or a non-Federal public agency.

Each land exchange requires preparation of an Agreement to Initiate as required by Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 254, Subpart A—Agreement to Initiate. The Agreement to Initiate document specifies the preliminary and non-binding intentions of the non-Federal land exchange party and the Forest Service in pursuing a land exchange. The Agreement to Initiate can contain such information as the description of properties being considered in the land exchange, an implementation schedule of action items, identification of the party responsible for each action item, as well as target dates for completion of each action item.

As the exchange proposal develops, the Forest Service and the non-Federal land exchange party may enter into a binding Exchange Agreement, pursuant to Title 36 CFR part 254, subpart A, section 254.14—Exchange Agreement. The Exchange Agreement documents the conditions that must be met to complete the exchange. The Exchange Agreement can contain information such as identification of parties, description of lands and interests to be exchanged, identification of all reserved and outstanding interest, and all other terms and conditions necessary to complete the exchange.

The Forest Service collects the information from the non-Federal party (or parties) necessary to complete the Agreement to Initiate and the Exchange Agreement. The information is collected by Forest Service personnel from parties involved in the exchange via telephone, email, or in person. Data from this information collection is unique to each land exchange and is not available from other sources. No standardized forms are associated with this information collection.

Estimate of Annual Burden:

Agreement to Initiate: 3 hours.

Exchange Agreement: 1 hour.

Type of Respondents: Non-Federal party (or parties) that can include landowners, agents of landowners, brokers, a third party, or a non-Federal public agency.

Description of the collection activityEstimated number of respondentsNumber of responses annually per respondentTotal annual responsesEstimate of burden hours per responseTotal annual burden hours
Agreement to Initiate23123369
Exchange Agreement19 of the above 23 respondents119119

Comment Is Invited

Comment is invited on: (1) Whether this collection of information is necessary for the stated purposes and the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical or scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

All comments received in response to this notice, including names and addresses when provided, will be a matter of public record. Comments will be summarized and included in the submission request toward Office of Management and Budget approval.

Dated: November 19, 2012.

Calvin N. Joyner,

Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System.

[FR Doc. 2012-29482 Filed 12-5-12; 8:45 am]