Authority: The authorities for this action are the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) and 43 U.S.C. 36c, which authorizes the USGS to pursue projects in cooperation with other agencies, federal, state, or private. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2015 (Public Law 113-235) authorizes Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and USGS research is guided by 16 U.S.C. § 661 et seq.
Purpose: The principal purpose for collecting the information (e.g., name, telephone numbers, email address, mailing address, user-mapped boundary of Phragmites patch, organization and title of participant if applicable) is to contact and provide support to participants of the Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework and learn from Phragmites management actions completed by participants. Data will be accessible to USGS scientists and contractors directly involved in the PAMF program. This information promotes DOI objectives to support resource stewardship and management decision making.
Routine Use: The information will be used by the PAMF team to manage communication among program participants, characterize management units, inform quantitative models, indicate optimal management action based on measured conditions, and conduct analyses that improve the program and support decision making. Data may be shared with PAMF team members from the Great Lakes Commission and University of Georgia - Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health and (with special permission) with other participants in the PAMF program.
Disclosure: Participation in the program is completely voluntary. However, failure to furnish information requested on the forms may delay or inhibit communication with participants, reduce the effectiveness of the program, and limit the accuracy of the model outputs.
A Federal agency 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. Public burden for the collection of this information is estimated to average 1.5 hours over the year per respondent, inclusive of field measurements.
Comments regarding this collection of information should be directed to the Bureau Clearance Officer, U.S. Geological Survey, 807 National Center, VA 20192. OMB NO. 1028-0124 Expiration date: 06/30/2021.