Boulder Cave History and Archaeology

Lee O'Connor filed this request with the U.S. Forest Service of the United States of America.
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2018-FS-R6-04058-F

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Completed

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From: Lee O'Connor


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

History and archaeological reports that describe Boulder Cave in the Naches Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Lee O'Connor

From: U.S. Forest Service

Good morning Mr. O'Conner,

This letter is to acknowledge that the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is in receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated May 13, 2018 and sent to our FOIA Service Center in Washington DC. Your request was forwarded to me for processing on May 14, 2018. I have assigned your request FOIA tracking No. 2018-FS-R6-04058-F. Please reference this number in any further correspondence you may have regarding this request. You have requested:

"...History and archaeological reports that describe Boulder Cave in the Naches Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington..."

You have also requested to be advised in the event that fees will be required for processing this request. At this time, I am uncertain if fees will be assessed and based on the information provided in your request, I am uncertain which fee category you qualify for. The FOIA divides requesters into four fee categories: (1) commercial requesters may be charged fees for searching for records, reviewing the records, and photocopying them; (2) educational or noncommercial scientific institutions are charged for photocopying, after the first 100 pages; (3) representatives of the news media are charged for photocopying after the first 100 pages; and (4) all other requesters (requesters who do not fall into any of the other three categories) are charged for photocopying after 100 pages and for time spent searching for records in excess of two hours. The Forest Service charges $0.20 per page for single-sided black and white photocopying. Additional information on Forest Service FOIA processing fees can be found at Title 7 C.F.R §1.18 and Appendix A to Subpart A of Part 1. You may also visit the Forest Service FOIA website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/im/foia/feeschedule.pdf.
I'm happy to assist you and will begin processing your request once I receive additional information from you in order to determine what fee category should be applied to you for this request.

For future requests, you may find the following website useful: http://www.fs.fed.us/im/foia/makearequest.htm. This site offers an electronic format for making a request as well as providing information about the Freedom of Information Act, fees, exemptions and processing requirements.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact either myself at the address below or Teresa Tucker, Natural Resources and Planning Staff Officer at (509) 664-9332 or teresatucker@fs.fed.us<mailto:teresatucker@fs.fed.us>.

Sincerely,
Carol Ogilvie

Carol Ogilvie
FOIA Specialist

Forest Service
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Tonasket Ranger District

p: 509-486-2186 x5119
f: 509-486-1922
cogilvie@fs.fed.us<mailto:cogilvie@fs.fed.us>

1 West Winesap
Tonasket, WA 98855
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From: Lee O'Connor

Good afternoon Ms. Ogilvie,

Thank you for your message.

In answer to your question, the fee categories that I most closely fall into might be (2) educational, because I have a master's degree in history or (3) News Media, because I am writing a book that will report on the history of and current issues concerning caves in Washington.

As I mentioned in my initial message, the requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

Photocopies are fine, but I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Lee O'Connor

From: U.S. Forest Service

Hello Mr. O’Conner,

Thank you for your prompt reply. We have classified you as a representative of the news media. As such, we may charge you for some of our duplication costs, but we will not charge you for our search or review costs; you also are entitled to up to 100 pages of photocopies (or an equivalent volume) for free. See 43 C.F.R. § 2.39.<http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&amp;sid=0fc3ab3499768eebc2e3691c8cf88dec&amp;rgn=div5&amp;view=text&amp;node=43%3A1.1.1.1.2&amp;idno=43&amp;43%3A1.1.1.1.2.7.5.3> If, after taking into consideration your fee category entitlements, our processing costs are less than $50.00, we will not bill you because the cost of collection would be greater than the fee collected. See 43 C.F.R. § 2.49(a)(1)<http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&amp;sid=0fc3ab3499768eebc2e3691c8cf88dec&amp;rgn=div5&amp;view=text&amp;node=43%3A1.1.1.1.2&amp;idno=43&amp;43%3A1.1.1.1.2.7.5.13>

You can expect to hear from us promptly regarding the outcome of this search.

Sincerely,
Carol Ogilvie

Carol Ogilvie
FOIA Specialist

Forest Service
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Tonasket Ranger District

p: 509-486-2186 x5119
f: 509-486-1922
cogilvie@fs.fed.us<mailto:cogilvie@fs.fed.us>

1 West Winesap
Tonasket, WA 98855
www.fs.fed.us<http://www.fs.fed.us/>
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From: U.S. Forest Service

Good morning Mr. O'Conner,

This letter is to inform you that we are still working to complete our search and review of records pertaining to Boulder Cave. We regret this delay and expect to provide you with our response soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the address below.

Sincerely,
Carol Ogilvie

Carol Ogilvie
FOIA Specialist

Forest Service
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Tonasket Ranger District

p: 509-486-2186 x5119
f: 509-486-1922
cogilvie@fs.fed.us<mailto:cogilvie@fs.fed.us>

1 West Winesap
Tonasket, WA 98855
www.fs.fed.us<http://www.fs.fed.us/>
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From: U.S. Forest Service

Hello Mr. O'Conner,

In partial response to your request and for your convenience I've attached a publically available document regarding a project to protect bats in Boulder Cave from white-nose syndrome and below is the link to the project planning website.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53406&exp=overview<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTgwNDAyLjg3ODMwNjgxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE4MDQwMi44NzgzMDY4MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NTA1OTc2JmVtYWlsaWQ9Y29naWx2aWVAZnMuZmVkLnVzJnVzZXJpZD1jb2dpbHZpZUBmcy5mZWQudXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&100&&&https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=53406&exp=overview>

Sincerely,
Carol Ogilvie

Carol Ogilvie
FOIA Specialist

Forest Service
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Tonasket Ranger District

p: 509-486-2186 x5119
f: 509-486-1922
cogilvie@fs.fed.us<mailto:cogilvie@fs.fed.us>

1 West Winesap
Tonasket, WA 98855
www.fs.fed.us<http://www.fs.fed.us/>
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From: U.S. Forest Service

Good morning Mr. O'Conner,

Attached are two documents (29 pages total) in their entirety that were found in response to your FOIA request for historical information pertaining to Boulder Cave. We are continuing our search and review of records and I hope to have more available soon.

Sincerely,
Carol Ogilvie

Carol Ogilvie
FOIA Specialist

Forest Service
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Tonasket Ranger District

p: 509-486-2186 x5119
f: 509-486-1922
cogilvie@fs.fed.us<mailto:cogilvie@fs.fed.us>

1 West Winesap
Tonasket, WA 98855
www.fs.fed.us<http://www.fs.fed.us/>
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From: Lee O'Connor

Hi Carol,

I just had the opportunity to download the documents. These look great. Thank you for your help with this request! And, thank you for continuing to keep an eye out for other documents related to Boulder Cave. I really appreciate your help learning about its history.

Sincerely,
Lee O'Connor

From: U.S. Forest Service

Hello Mr. O'Conner,

Attached is our final response to your request for information regarding Boulder Cave. Please let me know if I can assist you further.

Sincerely,
Carol Ogilvie

Carol Ogilvie
FOIA Specialist

Forest Service
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Tonasket Ranger District

p: 509-486-2186 x5119
f: 509-486-1922
cogilvie@fs.fed.us<mailto:cogilvie@fs.fed.us>

1 West Winesap
Tonasket, WA 98855
www.fs.fed.us<http://www.fs.fed.us/>
[USDA Logo]<http://usda.gov/>[Forest Service Twitter]<https://twitter.com/forestservice>[USDA Facebook]<https://www.facebook.com/pages/US-Forest-Service/1431984283714112>

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From: Lee O'Connor

Hi Carol,

Thank you again for your help. I appreciate your assistance in learning more about Boulder Cave.

Lee O'Connor

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