The Forest Service is the sponsoring agency and is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the new information collection titled Cooperative Wildland Fire Management and Stafford Act Response Agreements. Department of Interior (DOI) agencies supporting this new information request include the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Comments regarding the template and associated burden may be submitted via e-mail to: CoopFire_Agreements@fs.fed.us.
The proposed agreement template is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The PRA process provides opportunities for the Forest Service and DOI agencies to develop and improve the agreement template with our state, local, and Tribal government partners. The agreement template, and associated information collection, facilitate development of collaborative agreements with fire organizations. This will improve efficiency by facilitating the coordination and exchange of personnel, equipment, supplies, services, and funds among the parties in sustaining wildland fire management activities. These activities may include prevention, preparedness, communication and education, fuels treatment and hazard mitigation, fire planning, response strategies, tactics and alternatives, suppression and post-fire rehabilitation and restoration, as well as responding to presidentially declared emergencies or disasters.
The template is necessary to negotiate, create, develop, and administer cooperative agreements with state, local, and Tribal government. There are no structural questions incorporated in the information collection request. Parties to the agreements utilize the template and provide additional language, identify resources, and agree to roles and responsibilities that are unique to the geographical location covered by the agreement. Burden estimate includes the time to review and draft language incorporated in the template and does not include informal and formal meetings or discussion that often take place between the parties to an agreement.