Comments Sought on Proposed Coastal Beach Habitat Data Collection Effort

The Interior Department’s U.S. Geological Survey has announced that it is seeking comments by Wednesday, November 12 on its intention to seek Office of Management and Budget approval of a new information collection involving the study of habitats on coastal beaches and surrounding environments.

According to the announcement, the study will involve the collection of geographic location information, date/time of observation, site identification information, photographic images, as well as a biogeomorphic landscape classification of geomorphologic and vegetation characteristics.

Collected data will be used in research models of habitat utilization by beach-dependent species, with model output used to understand future habitat availability and utilization and to inform land and species management decisions.