U.S. Forest Service invites comment on mill and logging operations surveys

The U.S. Forest Service routinely gathers data that allow the agency to evaluate and forecast trends in the use of logs and wood chips and analyze changes in the harvest of US forests. To collect this information, Forest Service or state natural resource agency personnel use three questionnaires. 

  • The Pulpwood Received Questionnaire is used to collect and evaluate information from pulp and composite panel mills in order to monitor the volume, types, species, sources, and prices of timber products harvested throughout the nation. 
  • The Logs and Other Roundwood Received Questionnaire is used to collect and evaluate information from the other, non-pulp or composite panel, primary wood-using mills, including small, part-time mills, as well as large corporate entities.
  • The Logging Operations Questionnaire is used to collect and evaluate information from logging operations, to help characterize the logging industry and its response to outside influences.

Recently, the U.S. Forest Service invited comment on (1) whether this collection of information is necessary for the stated purposes and 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.

NCASI is currently reviewing and preparing comments in response to the Notice which appeared in the July 29, 2016 issue of the Federal Register (81 FR: 49924 – 49925). Comments must be submitted to the agency in writing on or before September 27, 2016.