FWS ECPO Coordination

Jimmy Tobias filed this request with the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4 of the United States of America .
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From: Jimmy Tobias


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all memoranda of agreement (MOAs) between the Fish and Wildlife Service and ECPO (the developers behind the Eastern Collier Habitat Conservation Plan) that establish and memorialize Section 7 coordination procedures.

I am a reporter for the Guardian newspaper and this request will be used to shed light on the Fish and Wildlife Service's handling of Florida panther conservation, a pressing matter of public concern.

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,

Jimmy Tobias

From:

I am currently out of the office and will respond to your email upon my return. Thanks!

V/R

Tiffany McClurkin

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V/R Tiffany McClurkin
Government Information Specialist Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Southeast Region (Region 4) 1875 Century Blvd, Suite 214 Atlanta GA 30345 (E) foiar4@fws.gov (mailto:foiar4@fws.gov)

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

Good Morning Mr. Tobias,

This is in regards to FOIA FWS-2019-01083. Attached is a signed copy of
your acknowledgment/clarification letter. Please provide fee clarification
to my office by October 1, 2019. If we do not receive a response by October
1, 2019, we will presume you are no longer interested and close the file on
your request. Thanks!

V/R

Tiffany McClurkin

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Southeast Region (Region 4)

1875 Century Blvd, Suite 214

Atlanta GA 30345

(E) foiar4@fws.gov

From: Jimmy Tobias

Hi Ms. McClurkin,

Thank you for the note. As a reporter who plans to use the public records I have requested to publish newsworthy articles of interest to the American public, I request a fee waiver for this FOIA request. Specifically, the records that I am requesting from your agency will significantly contribute to the American public's understanding of whether and how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is adequately enforcing the Endangered Species Act in Florida, particularly as it pertains to the endangered Florida panther. The records I seek will also shed light on which business interests are influencing the agency's decision making. The enforcement of the Endangered Species Act is an issue of the utmost importance, as it pertains directly to the U.S. government's commitment to mitigating the extinction crisis that threatens wildlife around the country. As such, I request all fees in this matter be waived.

I have a long track record of publishing important stories of public interests on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and intend to continue doing this work with the help of the documents your agency provides. You can find an example of my work here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/18/trump-administration-us-endangered-species-discussions-secret

If the agency denies me a fee waiver, I am willing to pay up to $50 in fees.

If you have any further questions, please contact me at 248-763-0088.

Sincerely,

Jimmy Tobias

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

Thanks Mr. Tobias,

Your fee waiver has been granted. We will continue with the processing of
your request. Your request has been placed into our complex processing
track. Requests in this track will take between twenty-one workdays to
sixty workdays to process. Our estimated date of completion is December 2,
2019. Thanks and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

V/R

Tiffany McClurkin

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Southeast Region (Region 4)

1875 Century Blvd, Suite 214

Atlanta GA 30345

(E) foiar4@fws.gov

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

Good Morning Mr. Tobias,

I have a call scheduled with the ES FOIA Coordinator tomorrow to discuss
the status of this request. I hope to have a status update after our call.
Thanks for your continued patience!

V/R

Tiffany McClurkin

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Southeast Region (Region 4)

1875 Century Blvd, Suite 214

Atlanta GA 30345

(E) foiar4@fws.gov

From: Jimmy Tobias

Thank you Tiffany!

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

You're welcome! Thanks for your patience!

V/R

Tiffany McClurkin

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Southeast Region (Region 4)

1875 Century Blvd, Suite 214

Atlanta GA 30345

(E) foiar4@fws.gov

From: Jimmy Tobias

Hi Tiffany,

I wanted to check with you about the status of some of my requests regarding the Florida Panther and ECPO. I really appreciate all the great work you have done getting me responses to some of the requests, but I am starting to wonder if it might be time to file a lawsuit on the outstanding requests. Before I do that though I wanted to get a sense from you if any of them might be forthcoming in the near future. Let me know if you or free to chat or if you have any updates about the Region 4 requests that remain outstanding. Thanks again!

Jimmy Tobias

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

Good Afternoon Mr. Tobias,

Can we set up a call to discuss your outstanding requests next week? Please provide me with a good day and time that works for you. Thanks!

Respectfully,

Tiffany McClurkin
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Headquarters Information Resources & Technology Management
Atlanta Regional Office
FOIA Coordinator

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

Mr. Tobias,

Can you can provide your FOIA tracking numbers?

Respectfully,

Tiffany McClurkin
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Headquarters Information Resources & Technology Management
Atlanta Regional Office
FOIA Coordinator

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

Mr. Tobias,

I just received a call from you and answered and kept saying hello, but did not hear anything on the other end. I called back, but received your voicemail. I did leave another message. Please give me a call back when you get a moment. Thanks!

Respectfully,

Tiffany McClurkin
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Headquarters Information Resources & Technology Management
Atlanta Regional Office
FOIA Coordinator

From: U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, Region 4

Mr. Tobias,

FWS-2019-01083 has been processed with the following final disposition: No Records.

Respectfully,

Tiffany McClurkin
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Headquarters Information Resources & Technology Management
Atlanta Regional FOIA Coordinator

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