FWS Panther Funding

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

FWS-2016-00416

Due March 12, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Jimmy Tobias


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records related to any money, funds or project funding received by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's South Florida Ecological Services Office from any of the following entities or their representatives:

Alico Land Development, Inc
Barron Collier Investment, Ltd
Collier Enterprises Management, Inc
Consolidated Citrus Limited Partnership
English Brothers Partnership
Half Circle L Ranch LLP
Heller Bros. Packing Corp
JP Ranch I, LLC
Owl Hammock Immokalee, LLC
Pacific Land, Ltd
Sunniland Family Limited Partnership

This request seeks records produced since January 1, 2015. Janice Annise, a budget analysis in the South Florida office, may have relevant documents.

I am a reporter for The Guardian newspaper.

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: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

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

Good Morning Mr. Tobias,

This is in response to your FOIA request submitted to my office on February
7, 2019. Attached is a signed copy of your acknowledgement letter with FOIA
tracking number FWS-2019-00416. 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) <mailto:foiar4@fws.gov> foiar4@fws.gov

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

Good Morning,

Your request has not been assigned for processing as you have not provided
clarification of whether you will pay fees or not. I sent an email to you
with your acknowledgment of receipt on February 14, 2019 with a suspense of
March 15, 2019. Please provide this information to me no later than close of
business March 27, 2019 or your request will be closed. I've attached a copy
of the acknowledgment email and letter that was sent to you previously.
Thanks!

V/R

Tiffany McClurkin

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Headquarters Information Resources & Technology Management

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator

(E) <mailto:foiar4@fws.gov> 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 protecting the endangered Florida panther's habitat in southern Florida. It will also shed light on which business interests are influencing the agency's decision making. The Florida panther's survival 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

Good Afternoon Mr. Tobias,

Thanks for your response. Our office will continue with the processing of
your request.

We have classified you as a "news media" requester and considered your fee
waiver request. Your fee waiver has been granted.

We use Multi-track Processing to process FOIA requests. The Simple track is
for requests that can be processed in one to five workdays. The Normal track
is for requests that can be processed in six to twenty workdays. The Complex
track is for requests that can be processed in twenty-one to sixty workdays.
The Exceptional/Voluminous track is for requests requiring more than sixty
workdays for processing. The Expedited track is for requests that have been
granted expedited processing. Within each track, requests are usually
processed on a first-in, first-out basis.

Your request falls in the "complex" processing track. Requests in this track
will take between twenty-one workdays to sixty workdays to process. Please
note the use of multi-track processing does not alter the statutory deadline
for Fish and Wildlife Service to comply with your FOIA request.

You may narrow the scope of your request to obtain quicker processing in
your currently-assigned track or move the request into a faster track (which
may have the effect of reducing the cost of processing your request). If
you have any questions about this, please contact us.

V/R

Tiffany McClurkin

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Headquarters Information Resources & Technology Management

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator

(E) <mailto:foiar4@fws.gov> foiar4@fws.gov

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

Good Morning Mr. Tobias,

I am following up with the Program. Thanks!

V/R

Tiffany McClurkin

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Headquarters Information Resources & Technology Management

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator

(E) <mailto:foiar4@fws.gov> foiar4@fws.gov

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

Good Morning Mr. Tobias,

This is in response to FOIA FWS-2019-00416. Attached is the 1st Partial
Response pertaining to your request. Thanks and have a great day.

V/R

Tiffany McClurkin

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Headquarters Information Resources & Technology Management

Government Information Specialist

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator

(E) <mailto:foiar4@fws.gov> foiar4@fws.gov

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

Good Afternoon Mr. Tobias,

This is in response to FOIA FWS-2019-00416. Attached is a signed copy of your Final Response letter and responsive documents. We apologize for the delay in processing your request. Any fee associated with the processing of your request has been waived. Please consider this matter closed. Thanks!

Respectfully,

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

From: Jimmy Tobias

Hi Ms. McClurkin,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it. Would you be free to touch base about this request, as well as the traffic study request, sometime later this week? I am specifically wondering whether I can obtain some of the attachments that were contained in emails between FWS officials and outside parties that are contained in the final response to this request. Let me know if you get a chance, and thanks! I am available all week, except Tuesday. I hope you are doing well despite the troubling circumstances.

Sincerely,
Jimmy Tobias

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

Good Morning Mr. Tobias,

We can have a call on Friday. Larry and I are available anytime until 3:00 p.m. Thanks!

Respectfully,

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

From: Jimmy Tobias

Hi Ms. McClurkin,

Sounds great. Could we plan for 1:30 PM EST that day? What would be the best number to reach you?

Thanks!

Jimmy

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

Good Morning Mr. Tobias,

1:30 P.M. EDT works for Larry and I. I will call you at 1:30 and then I will conference Larry into the call. Thanks so much! I will put this on our calendars.

Respectfully,

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

From: Jimmy Tobias

Thank you Tiffany. I am in a place where my cell service gets limited reception, so I will likely need to call you via Skype or Google Voice. If you can provide me a number to call that would be awesome.

Thanks!

Jimmy

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

I can be reached at (404) 679-4104. Thanks!

Respectfully,

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

From: Jimmy Tobias

Thank you!

Jimmy

From: Jimmy Tobias

Hi Ms. McClurkin,

I have one more question for you concerning this request. After a little more analysis of this request, it seems some further documents may be missing from the agency's response to this FOIA, FWS 2019 11416. Would a call sometime early next week work for you? Let me know if possible, and I hope you are well and staying healthy!

Sincerely,

Jimmy Tobias

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

Hi Mr. Tobias,

A call next week would work. Would Tuesday or Wednesday work for you? Please let me know. Thanks!

Respectfully,

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

From: Jimmy Tobias

Hi Tiffany,

Would a call next Wednesday at 2 PM EST work for you? If so, what is the best # to reach you.

Jimmy

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

Hi Mr. Tobias,

That time works for us. I can be reached at (404) 679-4104. Thanks!

Respectfully,

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

From: Jimmy Tobias

Wonderful. Thanks so much Tiffany!

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

You're welcome!

Respectfully,

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

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