FWS drone footage from 2017 bald eagle nest survey

Ben Welsh filed this request with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

DOI-FWS-2023-005253

DOI-FWS-2023-005915

873086

DOI-FWS-2023-005253

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From: Ben Welsh

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I am requesting all video footage from drone flights from a July 2017 bald eagle survey near Kenai NWR Headquarters.

This missions were disclosed in a log of unmanned aerial vehicle missions released via a previous FOIA request. The remote pilot in command is listed as Lindeman, Carlson. The RID is RID-17-961.

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,

Ben Welsh

From: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=DOI-FWS-2023-005253&type=Request)

* Tracking Number: DOI-FWS-2023-005253
* Requester Name:
Ben Welsh
* Date Submitted: 06/27/2023
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

I am requesting all video footage from drone flights from a July 2017 bald eagle survey near Kenai NWR Headquarters.

This missions were disclosed in a log of unmanned aerial vehicle missions released via a previous FOIA request. The remote pilot in command is listed as Lindeman, Carlson. The RID is RID-17-961.

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,

Ben Welsh

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From: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Good Afternoon,

Attached is a response letter regarding your recent FOIA request.  Before we can proceed with processing your request we need you to address the fees.  You may provide the required information by responding to this email.   If you have any questions regarding the letter please let me know.
Thanks,
Matt Sullivan
FWS FOIA Coordinator

From: Ben Welsh

I request a fee waiver and if necessary I will guarantee I will pay fees up to $1. Please continue processing my request.

From: Ben Welsh

I request a fee waiver and if necessary I will guarantee I will pay fees up to $1. Please continue processing my request.

From: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Confirming receipt, thank you for your prompt reply. If you have any questions while we process your request please feel free to contact us at fwhq_foia@fws.gov.
Thanks,
Matt

Matthew (Matt) Sullivan
FWS FOIA Coordinator

United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Headquarters Freedom of Information Act Office
MS: IRTM
5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041

From: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Good Afternoon,

Please see the attached acknowledgement letter for your FOIA request.  If you have any questions while we process your request please let me know.
Thanks,
Matt Sullivan
FWS FOIA Coordinator

From: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Please find attached response to your Freedom of Information Request dated 9/25/2023 and assigned tracking number DOI-FWS-2023-005915.

If you have any questions about our response, you may contact me by email at stacey_cummins@fws.gov or by phone at 303-236-4473.

Thank you,
Stacey Cummins
Acting FOIA Officer

From: Ben Welsh

As you suggested I filed a request with the Department of Reclamation. They said, "Reclamation does not have a region that covers Alaska and I was unable to find any record of Lindeman, Carlson in the Department of the Interior personnel directory or the Bureau of Reclamation intranet."

You can see that response here: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/drone-footage-from-2017-bald-eagle-nest-survey-153457/?

If they don't have it, who has this video?

From: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Hello, Ben-
The FWS provided a no records response and suggested you file a FOIA with the Bureau of Reclamation because the RPIC contact for this flight is kswoboda@usbr.gov<mailto:kswoboda@usbr.gov>.

Thank you,

Stacey Cummins
Acting FOIA Officer
US Fish and Wildlife Service
303-236-4473
Pronouns: she, her, hers

From: Ben Welsh

I did that. You can read it in full, including the Reclamation response, here: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/drone-footage-from-2017-bald-eagle-nest-survey-153457/?

They're saying they don't have it.

From: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Hello-
I am double checking to ensure that FWS has no records.

Also, it looks like you submitted a request for the same information in July 2023, reference DOI-FWS-2023-005253. Since it is for the same flight information, we will close it out as a duplicate.

Thank you,
Stacey

Stacey Cummins
Acting FOIA Officer
US Fish and Wildlife Service
303-236-4473
Pronouns: she, her, hers

From: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Hello, Ben-
After asking for some assistance from the Service’s UAS Program Manager, it was a discovered there may have been a mix up of data for UAS flight information; so it is unclear as to whether or not there were eagle surveys done in 2017 in Alaska, or who the pilots were.

Thank you,
Stacey

Stacey Cummins
Acting FOIA Officer
US Fish and Wildlife Service
303-236-4473
Pronouns: she, her, hers

From: Ben Welsh

Thank you for the update.

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