Agriculture

  • Request for Applications: The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program

    AGENCY: Forest Service.

    ACTION: Request for applications.


    SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Cooperative Forestry staff, requests applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program or CFP). This is a competitive grant program whereby local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants to establish community forests through fee simple acquisition of private forest land from a willing seller. The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits. Some of these benefits include sustainable forest management; clean air, water, wildlife habitat, and other environmental benefits: forest-based educational programs; service as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access.

    Private forest land that is at least five acres in size, suitable to sustain natural vegetation, and at least 75 percent forested is considered eligible lands for grants funded under this program. The lands must also be threatened by conversion to non-forest use, must not be held in trust by the United States on behalf of any Indian tribe, must not be tribal allotment lands, must be offered for sale by a willing seller, and if acquired by an eligible entity, must provide defined community benefits under CFP and allow public access.

    DATES: Interested local government and nonprofit applicants must submit applications to the State Forester. Tribal applicants must submit applications to the appropriate Tribal government officials. All applications, either hardcopy or electronic, must be received by State Foresters or Tribal governments by January 16, 2015. State Foresters or Tribal government officials must forward applications to the Forest Service Region, Northeastern Area, or International Institute of Tropical Forestry by February 17, 2015.

    ADDRESSES: All local government and qualified nonprofit organization applications must be submitted to the State Forester of the State where the property is located. All Tribal applications must be submitted to the equivalent Tribal government official. Applicants are encouraged to contact and work with the Forest Service Region, Northeastern Area, or International Institute of Tropical Forestry, and State Forester or equivalent Tribal government official in developing their proposal. The State Forester's contact information may be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/cfp.shtml. All applicants must also send an email to communityforest@fs.fed.us to confirm an application has been submitted for funding consideration.

    State Foresters and Tribal government officials shall submit applications, either electronic or hardcopy, to the appropriate Forest Service Regional/Area/Institute contact noted below.

    Northern and Intermountain Regions

    Regions 1 and 4

    (ID, MT, ND, NV, UT)

    Janet Valle, U.S. Forest Service, 324 25th St., Ogden, UT 84401, 801- 625-5258 (phone), 801-625-5716 (fax), jvalle@fs.fed.us.

    Rocky Mountain Region

    Region 2

    (CO, KS, NE, SD, WY)

    Claire Harper, U.S. Forest Service, 740 Simms Street, Golden, CO 80401, 303-275-5239 (phone), 303-275-5754 (fax), claireharper@fs.fed.us.

    Southwestern Region

    Region 3

    (AZ, NM)

    Margee Haines, U.S. Forest Service, 333 Broadway SE., Albuquerque, NM 87102, 505-842-3881 (phone), 505-842-3165 (fax), mhaines@fs.fed.us.

    Pacific Southwest Region

    Region 5

    (CA, HI, Guam, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia and other Pacific Islands)

    Dan McKeague, U.S. Forest Service, 1323 Club Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592, 707-562-8875 (phone), 707-562-9054 (fax), dmckeague@fs.fed.us.

    Pacific Northwest, and Alaska Regions

    Regions 6 and 10

    (AK, OR, WA)

    Brad Siemens, U.S. Forest Service, 120 Southwest 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97204 or P.O. Box 3623, Portland, OR 97208-3623, 503-808-2353 (phone), 503-808-2469 (fax), btsiemens@fs.fed.us.

    Southern Region

    Region 8

    (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA)

    Mike Murphy, U.S. Forest Service, 1720 Peachtree Rd. NW., Suite 700B 850S North, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-347-5214 (phone), 404-347-2776 (fax), mwmurphy@fs.fed.us.

    International Institute of Tropical Forestry

    (PR, VI)

    Connie Carpenter, U.S. Forest Service, Jardin Botanico Sur, 1201 Calle Ceiba, San Juan, PR 00926-1119, 787-766-5335 x 222 (phone), 787-766- 6263 (fax), conniecarpenter@fs.fed.us.

    Northeastern Area

    (CT, DC, DE, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV)

    Neal Bungard, U.S. Forest Service, 271 Mast Road, Durham, NH 03824- 4600, 603-868-7719 (phone), 603-868-7604 (fax), nbungard@fs.fed.us.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions regarding the grant application or administrative regulations, contact Maya Solomon, Program Coordinator, 202-205-1376, mayasolomon@fs.fed.us.

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-06/html/2014-18539.htm

  • Defense

  • Board on Coastal Engineering Research

    AGENCY: Department of the Army, DoD.

    ACTION: Notice of Advisory Committee meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Department of the Army is publishing this notice to announce the following Federal advisory committee meeting of the Board on Coastal Engineering Research. This meeting is open to the public.

    DATES: Dates and Location: The Board on Coastal Engineering Research will meet from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on September 9, 2014, and reconvene from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on September 10, 2014. Both sessions of the meeting will be held in the Observation Post, The Presidio, 211 Lincoln Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94129. The Executive Session of the Board will convene from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on September 11, 2014, in the Lobby Conference Room, 1455 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. All sessions are open to the public. For more information about the Board, please visit http://chl.erdc.usace.army.mil/cerb.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colonel Jeffrey R. Eckstein, Designated Federal Officer (DFO) and Executive Secretary, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Waterways Experiment Station, 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199, phone 601-634-2513, or Jeffrey.R.Eckstein@usace.army.mil.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-08/html/2014-18767.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be submitting the following information collection requirement to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register at 79 FR 29220 and no comments were received. NSF is forwarding the proposed renewal submission to the OMB for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. The full submission may be found at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRASearch.

    Comments: Comments are invited on (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Foundation, including whether the information will have practical utility; b) the accuracy of the Foundation's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for National Science Foundation, 725--17th Street NW., Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, and to Ms. Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1265, Arlington, Virginia 22230; telephone (703) 292-7556; or send email to splimpto@nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification.

    NSF may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-04/html/2014-18316.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meetings; National Science Board

    Agency: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)


    The National Science Board, pursuant to NSF regulations (45 CFR part 614), the National Science Foundation Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 1862n-5), and the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b), hereby gives notice of the scheduling of meetings for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATE AND TIME: August 13, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and August 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    PLACE: These meetings will be held at the National Science Foundation, 4201Wilson Blvd., Rooms 1235, Arlington, VA 22230. All visitors must contact the Board Office (call 703-292-7000 or send an email message to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov) at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and provide name and organizational affiliation. Visitors must report to the NSF visitor desk located in the lobby at the 9th and N. Stuart Streets entrance to receive a visitor's badge.

    WEBCAST INFORMATION: Public meetings and public portions of meetings will be webcast. To view the meetings, go to http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/nsf/140813/ and follow the instructions.

    UPDATES: Please refer to the National Science Board Web site for additional information. Meeting information and schedule updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/.

    AGENCY CONTACT: Jennie L. Moehlmann, jmoehlma@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7000.

    PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT: Nadine Lymn, nlymn@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2490.

    STATUS: Portions open; portions closed.

    OPEN SESSIONS:

    August 13, 2014

    • 8:30-8:45 a.m. (Chairman's introduction)
    • 8:45-10:15 a.m. (CPP)
    • 10:30-11:00 a.m. (AB)
    • 11:00-11:20 a.m. (Plenary--presentation)
    • 12:30-1:00 p.m. (A&O)
    • 2:00-2:30 p.m. (SCF)
    • 2:30-2:45 p.m. (CSB)

    August 14, 2014

    • 8:00-9:30 a.m. (SEI)
    • 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Plenary)

    CLOSED SESSIONS:

    August 13, 2014

    • 1:00-1:45 p.m. (A&O)
    • 2:45-3:30 p.m. (CSB)
    • 3:30-4:30 (CPP)

    August 14, 2014

    • 9:45-11:30 a.m. (Plenary)
    • 12:30-1:30 p.m. (second part of Plenary)

    MATTERS TO BE DISCUSSED:

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP). Open Session: 8:45-10:15 a.m.

    • Approval of open CPP minutes for May 2014
    • Committee Chairman's remarks
    • CPP Program Portfolio Planning: Social, Behavioral and Economic Science at NSF

    Task Force on Administrative Burdens (AB) Open Session: 10:30-11:00 a.m.

    • Committee Chairman's remarks
    • Discussion Item: Future activities related to Task Force Report on Administrative Burdens

    Plenary Board Meeting Open Session: 11:00-11:20 a.m.

    • Presentation by Waterman Award Recipient, Dr. Feng Zhang

    Audit and Oversight Committee (A&O) Open Session: 12:30-1:00 p.m.

    • Approval of May 6, 2014 meeting minutes
    • Committee Chairman's opening remarks
    • Inspector General's update
    • Chief Financial Officer's update
    • Committee Chairman's closing remarks

    Audit and Oversight Committee Closed Session: 1:00-1:45 p.m.

    • Committee Chairman's opening remarks
    • Future NSF update
    • OIG FY 2016 budget request
    • Chairman's closing remarks

    CSB Subcommittee on Facilities (SCF) Open Session: 2:00-2:30 p.m.

    • Committee Chairman's remarks and approval of the open and closed May 2014 meeting minutes, and the April 17, 2014 teleconference meeting minutes
    • Discussion of FY 2013 APR recommendations
    • Discussion of FY 2014 APR

    Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB) Open Session: 2:30-2:45 p.m.

    • Committee Chairman's remarks
    • Approval of CSB open minutes for the May 2014 meeting
    • NSF FY 2015 budget update
    • Committee on Strategy and Budget (CSB)

    Closed Session: 2:45-3:30 p.m.

    • Committee Chairman's remarks
    • Approval of CSB closed minutes for the May 2014 meeting
    • Proposed FY 2016 NSB budget
    • Proposed FY 2016 NSF budget

    Committee on Programs and Plans (CPP) Closed Session: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

    • Committee Chairman's remarks
    • Approval of closed CPP minutes for May 2014
    • NSB Action Item: Renewal of the cooperative agreement for Management and Operation of the National Solar Observatory (NSO)
    • NSB Information Item: The iPlant Collaborative: Cyberinfrastructure for the Life Sciences

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    Committee on Science & Engineering Indicators (SEI) Open Session: 8:00-9:30 a.m.

    • Chairman's introduction and approval of the May 2014 meeting minutes
    • Overview of the Science and Engineering Indicators 2016 production process
    • Introduction of chapter authors and discussion of the Science and Engineering Indicators 2016 narrative outlines
    • Chairman's closing remarks

    Plenary Board Meeting Closed Session: 9:45-11:30 a.m., 12:30-1:30 p.m.,

    • Approval of closed session minutes, May 2014
    • Discussion on risks to NSF
    • Chairman's report
    • Awards and Agreements/CPP Action Item
    • Closed committee reports
    • Chairman's remarks

    Plenary Board Meeting Open Session: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

    • Approval of open session minutes, May 2014
    • Chairman's report
    • Director's report
    • Open committee reports
    • Chairman's remarks

    MEETING ADJOURNS: 3:00 p.m.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-07/html/2014-18791.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • National Nanotechnology Coordination Office; Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee; National Science and Technology Council; Committee on Technology

    AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy.

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), will hold a workshop entitled "Sensor Fabrication, Integration, and Commercialization'' on September 11 and 12, 2014. The workshop will bring together experts from a wide-range of application areas, stages of product development, and manufacturing. The aim of the workshop is to identify key challenges faced by sensor developers and determine the critical needs of the community, especially with respect to necessary standards, testing facilities, and advances in manufacturing. The workshop will include case study examples of commercialization success, a small business panel focused on challenges faced in the commercialization of sensors, and breakout sessions to explicitly address the RFI questions regarding standards, testing, manufacturing, and commercialization.

    DATES: The Workshop will be held Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., and Friday, September 12, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the National Science Foundation (NSF) Stafford I building, Room 375, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Tarek Fadel, 703-292-7926, tfadel@nnco.nano.gov, NNCO. Additional information is posted at http://nano.gov/node/1150.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-07/html/2014-18715.htm

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