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Feb 11 -- USDA invites public comments to OMB by March 16, 2022 regarding its request to continue the Forest Industries Data Collection System.
 
The Forest and Range Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 and the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Research Act of 1978 require the Forest Service to evaluate trends in the use of roundwood (logs in whole or chipped form), to forecast anticipated levels of roundwood use and availability, and to analyze changes in the harvest of these resources from the United States' forests. This data collection effort has been conducted since the mid-1970s, with various adjustments through time to accommodate new questions, sampling approaches, and/or data collection needs. Data collection is performed by Forest Service personnel and cooperators from State natural resource agencies and universities. Currently, the data collection gathers information from two groups: Primary wood industry and logging operations.

This information collection will generate scientifically based, statistically reliable, up-to-date information about utilization of timber resources of the United States. Our testing efforts will allow us to improve the quality of data obtained. The results of these efforts contribute to the availability of reliable information on timber resource use, facilitating more complete and accurate assessments of forest resources at state, regional, and national levels.
 
Forest Inventory and Analysis website: https://www.fia.fs.fed.us/
Submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202111-0596-008 Click IC List for survey instruments, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this site.
FR notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/02/11/2022-02984/submission-for-omb-review-comment-request
 
For AEA members wishing to provide comments to OMB, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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