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New volunteer form proposed for federal land agencies

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Volunteers in federal land programs will need to complete a new form. The Volunteer Application and Agreement for Natural and Cultural Resource Agencies was officially proposed for public comment on Friday, Dec. 22.

The comment period is in effect until Jan. 22. For details, see http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-20/html/2013-30303.htm.

Volunteers participating in trail and campground maintenance, improving wildlife habitats and other conservation activities will have to complete the Common Forms OF 301--Volunteer Service Application or the OF 301a Volunteer Service Agreement and OF 301b Volunteer Service Agreement and Sign-up Form for Groups.

Agencies affected include the U.S. Forest Service, National Resources Conservation Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation,
Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The data collected will include the names, addresses, contact information and other information about volunteer applicants. Agencies use the information “to review and determine if a potential volunteer is a good fit for a particular volunteer position,” the announcement says. In the case of minors, it will also ask for parent or guardian approval. The new form will also require a volunteer's signature.

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