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32 / Thursday, February 16, 2006 / Notices

directed to Courtney L. Wilkerson on DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE waisidx_05/36cfr223_05.html.

(703) 305–2820. Alternatively, these can be viewed in
Forest Service the Office of the Director, Forest
Management, Third Floor, Southwest
Title: Request for Administrative Information Collection; Request for Wing, Yates Building, 201 14th Street,
Review. Comments; Urgent Removal of Timber SW., Washington, DC. Visitors are
OMB Number: 0584–0520. encouraged to call ahead at (202) 205–
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
Expiration Date: April 30, 2006. ACTION: Notice. 1496 to facilitate entry into the building.
Type of Request: Revision of a FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
currently approved collection of SUMMARY: In accordance with the Lathrop Smith, Forest Management
information. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Staff, at (202) 205–0858, or Richard
Abstract: The Food and Nutrition Forest Service is seeking comments Fitzgerald, Forest Management Staff, at
Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of from all interested individuals and (202) 205–1753. Individuals who use
Agriculture is the Federal agency organizations on the extension of an telecommunication devices for the deaf
responsible for administering the Food information collection associated with (TDD) may call the Federal Relay
Stamp Program. The Food Stamp Act of timber sale contract term extensions for Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339
1977, as amended, (7 U.S.C. 2011–2036) urgent removal of salvage timber from twenty-four hours a day, every day of
requires that the FNS determine the other than National Forest system lands. the year, including holidays.
eligibility of retail food stores and Regulations at 36 CFR 223.53 allow SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
certain food service organizations who timber sale purchasers to ask for Title: Urgent Removal of Timber.
apply to participate in the Food Stamp extensions of certain National Forest OMB Number: 0596–0167.
Program. If a food retailer or wholesale timber sale contracts when the Expiration Date of Approval: June 30,
food concern is aggrieved by certain manufacturing facilities or logging 2006.
administrative action by FNS, that store equipment capacity available to Type of Request: Extension of
has the right to file a written request for purchasers are insufficient to provide currently approved collection.
review of the administrative action with for both the rapid harvest of damaged Abstract: In order to facilitate the
FNS. non-National Forest System timber in expeditious removal of timber in other
The information collection burden for need of expeditious removal and the ownerships damaged by catastrophic
retail food stores and certain food continued harvest of undamaged (green) events beyond the landowner’s control,
service organizations has slightly timber under contract with the Forest the Forest Service promulgated a final
increased over the past three fiscal Service. When requesting an urgent rule at § 223.53 of Title 36 of the Code
years. The number of respondents removal extension purchasers are of Federal Regulations on January 2,
reported in the previously approved required to provide documentation 2004 (69 FR 29).
collection was based on a collective supporting the need. The collected Periodically, catastrophic events such
total of three consecutive fiscal years information is necessary for the as severe drought conditions, insect and
(FY 2001–2003). In accordance with the contracting officer to make a disease outbreaks, wildfires, floods, and
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this determination whether the purchaser windthrow occur on forested lands
notice reflects an estimated total annual meets the conditions for receiving an within, or near, NFS lands. As a result
burden on respondents based solely on urgent removal extension on one or of such catastrophic events, substantial
fiscal year 2005 data. Therefore, while more National Forest System timber sale amounts of private and other public
the previously approved collection contracts. timber may be severely damaged. This
reflects 1,140 as the total number of DATES: Comments must be received in damaged timber must be harvested
respondents for fiscal years 2001–2003, writing on or before April 17, 2006 to within a relatively short time period to
this notice accurately reflects 652 be assured of consideration. Comments avoid substantial losses due to
respondents for fiscal year 2005, a slight received after that date will be deterioration in both the quantity and
annual increase over the last three fiscal considered to the extent practicable. quality of the timber. The critical time
years. ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this period for harvesting this damaged
Estimate of Burden: The public notice should be addressed to Director, timber and avoiding substantial
reporting burden for this collection of Forest Management, 1400 Independence deterioration varies with the season of
information is estimated to average 0.17 Avenue, SW., Mail Stop 1103, the year, the species of timber, the
an hour per response. Washington, DC 20250–0003. damaging agent, and the location of the
Comments also may be submitted via damaged timber. In most cases,
Respondents: Retail food stores and facsimile to (202) 205–1045 or by e-mail substantial deterioration can be avoided
wholesale food concerns. to: urgentremoval@fs.fed.us. In addition, if the damaged timber is harvested
Estimated Number of Respondents: comments may be submitted via the within 1 year of the catastrophic event.
652. World Wide Web/Internet Web site at: The number of wildfires, and the extent
Number of Responses per http://www.regulations.gov. All of damage to public and private forested
Respondent: 1.2. comments, including names and land experienced in recent years
Estimated Time per Response: 0.17 addresses when provided, are placed in resulted in the Forest Service adjusting
minutes. the record and are available for public its contracting procedures to support the
Estimated Total Annual Burden on inspection and copying. Conditions that urgent removal of damaged timber on
must be met for obtaining an Urgent non-NFS lands.
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Respondents: 133 hours.

Removal Contract Term Extension are This information collection provides
Dated: February 3, 2006. detailed in Title 36 of the Code of data to permit the discretionary
Roberto Salazar, Federal Regulations, section 223.53, and extension of certain National Forest
Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. can be viewed on the World Wide Web/ System timber sale contracts by the
[FR Doc. E6–2230 Filed 2–15–06; 8:45 am] Internet site at: http:// Contracting Officer. Such extensions
BILLING CODE 3410–30–P www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/ will allow purchasers to divert

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resources to harvesting damaged timber, System timber under contract with the a matter of public record. Comments
located on private or non-NFS public Forest Service. will be summarized and included in the
lands, which is in need of urgent The contracting officer must obtain request for Office of Management and
removal. Catastrophic events which may the information provided by the Budget approval.
result in the need for urgent removal of purchaser to verify that there is a Dated: February 1, 2006.
damaged timber include, but are not legitimate need to grant the request for
Frederick Norbury,
limited to, fire, flood, insect and disease urgent removal extension(s) in
Associate Deputy Chief, NFS.
infestations, drought, and windthrow. accordance with the regulations at 36
CFR 223.53. [FR Doc. E6–2281 Filed 2–15–06; 8:45 am]
The intended effects of this
information collection is to assure that Information will be collected in BILLING CODE 3410–11–P

extensions of the time allowed to writing. Electronic technology is not

harvest National Forest System timber appropriate for collecting site-specific,
one-time information. Facsimile DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
sale contracts are consistent with the
requirements of the National Forest extension applications are acceptable. Forest Service
Management Act (16 U.S.C. 472a), while Each request for an urgent removal
minimizing the loss of National Forest extension is unique. There is no Notice of Sanders County Resource
System timber adjacent to other timber duplication of information and the Advisory Committee Meeting
infested with insects and disease or information is only available from the
timber sale purchaser. Only the AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
damaged by fire; reduce the threat to
public safety and property resulting minimum amount of information ACTION: Notice of meeting
from such catastrophic events; and required to make the contracting
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the authorities in
promote the wise use and conservation officer’s determination is collected.
The Forest Service cannot assure that the Federal Advisory Committee Act
of the natural resources. (Pub. L. 92–463) and under the Secure
The National Forest Management Act it meets its statutory requirements in the
National Forest Management Act for Rural Schools and Community Self-
(16 U.S.C. 472a) requires that extensions Determination Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106–
of contract time shall not be granted extending timber sale contracts if the
information collection is not conducted 393) the Lolo and Kootenai National
unless ‘‘the purchaser has diligently Forests’ Sanders County Resource
performed in accordance with an or is conducted less frequently.
Estimate of Annual Burden: The Advisory Committee will meet on
approved plan of operation or that the February 16 at 7 p.m. in Thompson
substantial overriding public interest public reporting burden to provide
information when requesting a timber Falls, Montana for a business meeting.
justifies the extension.’’ Regulations at The meeting is open to the public.
36 CFR 223.115 mirror the National sale contract urgent removal extension
is estimated to average 6 hours per DATES: February 16, 2006.
Forest Management Act.
response. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at
Regulations at 36 CFR 223.53(b) the Thompson Falls Courthouse, 1111
Type of Respondents: Individuals,
require the Regional Forester to verify in Main Street, Thompson Falls, MT
large and small businesses, and
writing that: (1) A specific catastrophe 59873.
corporations purchasing National Forest
occurred for which urgent removal
extensions should be granted; and (2) Estimated Annual Number of
Failure to harvest the damaged non- Randy Hojem, Designated Federal
Respondents: 25. Official (DFO), District Ranger, Plains
National Forest System timber promptly Estimated Annual Number of
could result in the following: (i) Pose a Ranger District, Lolo National Forest at
Responses per Respondent: 1 per year. (406) 826–3821.
threat to public safety, (ii) Create a Estimated Total Annual Burden on
threat of an insect or disease epidemic SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agenda
Respondents: 150 hours.
to National Forest System or other lands topics include reviewing progress on
or resources, or (iii) Significant private Comment is Invited current RAC projects, and receiving
or other public resource loss. Comment is invited on: (1) Whether public comment. If the meeting location
Following such a determination, to the proposed collection of information is changed, notice will be posted in the
obtain an urgent removal extension on is necessary for the stated purposes and local newspapers, including the Clark
a National Forest System timber sale the proper performance of the functions Fork Valley Press, and Sanders County
contract, a purchaser must make a of the agency, including whether the Ledger.
written request to the contracting officer information will have practical or Dated: February 6, 2006.
which includes the following: (1) An scientific utility; (2) the accuracy of the Randy Hojem,
explanation of why the harvest of agency’s estimate of the burden of the DFO, Plains Ranger District, Lolo National
undamaged (green) National Forest proposed collection of information, Forest.
System timber within the term of the including the validity of the [FR Doc. 06–1464 Filed 2–15–06; 8:45 am]
existing National Forest System methodology and assumptions used; (3) BILLING CODE 3910–11–M
contract(s) will prevent or otherwise ways to enhance the quality, utility, and
impede the removal of damaged non- clarity of the information to be
National Forest System timber in need collected; and (4) ways to minimize the DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
of expeditious removal; and (2) burden of the collection of information
Documentation that the manufacturing on respondents, including the use of Rural Utilities Service
facilities or logging equipment capacity automated, electronic, mechanical, or
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available to the purchaser would be other technological collection Information Collection Activity;
insufficient to provide for both the rapid techniques or other forms of information Comment Request
salvage of damaged non-National Forest technology. Rural Utilities Service, USDA.
System timber in need of expeditious All comments received in response to
Notice and request for
removal and continued harvest of this notice, including names and
undamaged (green) National Forest addresses when provided, will become

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