Great Smoky Mountains National Park Appropriations

Donald Triplett III filed this request with the National Park Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # NPS-2014-00822
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Appeal

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From: Donald Triplett III

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Since the inception of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, list Department of Interior Appropriations and expenditures within the Park broken down by project, county and state.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

Donald Triplett III

From: Wilson, Charis

Hi Marianne,

I'm routing this request to you for processing, since GRSM is a SER park.
Let me know if it turns out another office, e.g. WASO Accounting
Operations Center, needs to search for responsive records.

As usual, I've cc'd the requester so they know who will be handling their
request.

Thanks,

C.
____________________
Ms. Charis Wilson, MLS, CRM
NPS FOIA Officer
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
PO Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287
303-969-2959
Fax: 303-969-2557
1-855-NPS-FOIA

"What we find changes who we become." - Peter Morville

"The historian works with records...there is no substitute for records: no
records, no history." - Paraphrasing Langlois & Seignobos (1903)

"Let us be guardians, not gardeners" - Unknown, From 1963 Living Wilderness
editorial - Attributed to Adolph Murie

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Donald Triplett III <requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 7:32 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Request: Great Smoky Mountains National
Park Appropriations
To: Charis_Wilson@nps.gov

June 24, 2014
National Park Service
Charis Wilson
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
P.O. Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request
the following records:

Since the inception of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, list
Department of Interior Appropriations and expenditures within the Park
broken down by project, county and state.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this
request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made
available to the general public free of charge as part of the public
information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the
news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for
commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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,

Donald Triplett III

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 12291
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might
be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

From: Mills, Marianne

In accordance with the results of your FOIA appeal, I have separated this
FOIA request, received on June 24, 2014, into its own unique FOIA tracking
number (NPS-2014-00823). It is critical that you reference the tracking
number associated with each request since I only have the Muckrock.com
assigned email address and must use it specific to each request. You have
requested the following records pertaining to Great Smoky Mountains
National Park:

Since the inception of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, list Department
of Interior Appropriations and expenditures within the park broken down by
project, county and state.

The official establishment year for Great Smoky Mountains National Park is
1934. That is the year we will use as the starting point for records search
and will end with present time in 2014.

You have requested a fee waiver for your request; however, you have not
provided sufficient justification for a fee waiver. Please respond within
20 days of this email with additional information so I can adequately
determine if you qualify for a fee waiver. Here are the factors we consider
in deciding whether you are entitled to a fee waiver:

1. How do the records concern the operations or activities of the
Government?
2. If the records concern operations or activities of the Government,
how will disclosure likely contribute to public understanding of these
operations and activities?
3. If there is likely to be a contribution to public understanding, will
release of the requested records contribute significantly to public
understanding?
4. How do you plan on using or distributing the information? How will
the public be aware of the information you gain?

You have identified yourself as a member of the media for fee purposes.
Please explain how you meet the idea of a "member of the media" - such as
where are you regularly published, what is your readership, and similar
information.

It is the policy of the National Park Service (NPS) to: (1) make records of
the NPS available to the public to the greatest extent possible in keeping
with the spirit of FOIA; (2) make available documents requested under the
FOIA at the earliest possible date while, at the same time, protecting the
rights of the individuals involved and the administrative processes
surrounding such rights; (3) withhold documents falling within one of the
FOIA exemptions only if disclosure is prohibited by statute or Executive
Order, or in those cases where the agency reasonably foresees that
disclosure would be harmful to an interest protected by exemption or other
sound grounds exist for invoking an exemption.

Your request is being processed under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act (5 United States Code 552 as amended by Public Law 104-231,
11 Stat. 3048); United States Department of the interior implementing
regulations found at 43 Code of Federal Regulations, PUBLIC LANDS: INTERIOR
beginning part 2, Subparts A through E (see Federal Register of October 21,
2002, Volume 6-7, NO. 203, page 64527), and the Privacy Act of 1974 (Public
Law 93-579). Additional FOIA and Privacy Act guidance may also be found
through the Department of the Interior’s website, http://www.doi/gov or the
U.S <http://www.doi/gov%20or%20the%20U.S>. Department of Justice site,
http:/www/usdoj.gov.

Marianne M. Mills
Public Affairs Specialist
Southeast Region, NPS
100 Alabama Street SW
1924 Building
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 507-5613
(404) 562-3263 FAX
marianne_mills@nps.gov

From: Mills, Marianne

Marianne M. Mills
Public Affairs Specialist
Southeast Region, NPS
100 Alabama Street SW
1924 Building
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 507-5613
(404) 562-3263 FAX
marianne_mills@nps.gov

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mills, Marianne <marianne_mills@nps.gov>
Date: Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 2:36 PM
Subject: FOIA NPS-2014-00822
To: Donald Triplett IV <12291-01342713@muckrock.com>

In accordance with the results of your FOIA appeal, I have separated this
FOIA request, received on June 24, 2014, into its own unique FOIA tracking
number (NPS-2014-00822). It is critical that you reference the tracking
number associated with each request since I only have the Muckrock.com
assigned email address and must use it specific to each request. You have
requested the following records pertaining to Great Smoky Mountains
National Park:

A copy of the budget for the North Shore Road Environmental Impact Study
(EIS), and any documents related to the legal justification for using any
portion of the 16 million dollars appropriated for the specific purpose of
"construction of, or improvements to the North Shore Road" to conduct the
EIS."

You have requested a fee waiver for your request; however, you have not
provided sufficient justification for a fee waiver. Please respond within
20 days of this email with additional information so I can adequately
determine if you qualify for a fee waiver. Here are the factors we consider
in deciding whether you are entitled to a fee waiver:

1. How do the records concern the operations or activities of the
Government?
2. If the records concern operations or activities of the Government,
how will disclosure likely contribute to public understanding of these
operations and activities?
3. If there is likely to be a contribution to public understanding, will
release of the requested records contribute significantly to public
understanding?
4. How do you plan on using or distributing the information? How will
the public be aware of the information you gain?

You have identified yourself as a member of the media for fee purposes.
Please explain how you meet the idea of a "member of the media" - such as
where are you regularly published, what is your readership, and similar
information.

It is the policy of the National Park Service (NPS) to: (1) make records of
the NPS available to the public to the greatest extent possible in keeping
with the spirit of FOIA; (2) make available documents requested under the
FOIA at the earliest possible date while, at the same time, protecting the
rights of the individuals involved and the administrative processes
surrounding such rights; (3) withhold documents falling within one of the
FOIA exemptions only if disclosure is prohibited by statute or Executive
Order, or in those cases where the agency reasonably foresees that
disclosure would be harmful to an interest protected by exemption or other
sound grounds exist for invoking an exemption.

Your request is being processed under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act (5 United States Code 552 as amended by Public Law 104-231,
11 Stat. 3048); United States Department of the interior implementing
regulations found at 43 Code of Federal Regulations, PUBLIC LANDS: INTERIOR
beginning part 2, Subparts A through E (see Federal Register of October 21,
2002, Volume 6-7, NO. 203, page 64527), and the Privacy Act of 1974 (Public
Law 93-579). Additional FOIA and Privacy Act guidance may also be found
through the Department of the Interior’s website, http://www.doi/gov or the
U.S. Department of Justice site, http:/www/usdoj.gov.

Marianne M. Mills
Public Affairs Specialist
Southeast Region, NPS
100 Alabama Street SW
1924 Building
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 507-5613
(404) 562-3263 FAX
marianne_mills@nps.gov

From: Mills, Marianne

Marianne M. Mills
Public Affairs Specialist
Southeast Region, NPS
100 Alabama Street SW
1924 Building
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 507-5613
(404) 562-3263 FAX
marianne_mills@nps.gov

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mills, Marianne <marianne_mills@nps.gov>
Date: Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 2:36 PM
Subject: FOIA NPS-2014-00822
To: Donald Triplett IV <12291-01342713@muckrock.com>

In accordance with the results of your FOIA appeal, I have separated this
FOIA request, received on June 24, 2014, into its own unique FOIA tracking
number (NPS-2014-00822). It is critical that you reference the tracking
number associated with each request since I only have the Muckrock.com
assigned email address and must use it specific to each request. You have
requested the following records pertaining to Great Smoky Mountains
National Park:

A copy of the budget for the North Shore Road Environmental Impact Study
(EIS), and any documents related to the legal justification for using any
portion of the 16 million dollars appropriated for the specific purpose of
"construction of, or improvements to the North Shore Road" to conduct the
EIS."

You have requested a fee waiver for your request; however, you have not
provided sufficient justification for a fee waiver. Please respond within
20 days of this email with additional information so I can adequately
determine if you qualify for a fee waiver. Here are the factors we consider
in deciding whether you are entitled to a fee waiver:

1. How do the records concern the operations or activities of the
Government?
2. If the records concern operations or activities of the Government,
how will disclosure likely contribute to public understanding of these
operations and activities?
3. If there is likely to be a contribution to public understanding, will
release of the requested records contribute significantly to public
understanding?
4. How do you plan on using or distributing the information? How will
the public be aware of the information you gain?

You have identified yourself as a member of the media for fee purposes.
Please explain how you meet the idea of a "member of the media" - such as
where are you regularly published, what is your readership, and similar
information.

It is the policy of the National Park Service (NPS) to: (1) make records of
the NPS available to the public to the greatest extent possible in keeping
with the spirit of FOIA; (2) make available documents requested under the
FOIA at the earliest possible date while, at the same time, protecting the
rights of the individuals involved and the administrative processes
surrounding such rights; (3) withhold documents falling within one of the
FOIA exemptions only if disclosure is prohibited by statute or Executive
Order, or in those cases where the agency reasonably foresees that
disclosure would be harmful to an interest protected by exemption or other
sound grounds exist for invoking an exemption.

Your request is being processed under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act (5 United States Code 552 as amended by Public Law 104-231,
11 Stat. 3048); United States Department of the interior implementing
regulations found at 43 Code of Federal Regulations, PUBLIC LANDS: INTERIOR
beginning part 2, Subparts A through E (see Federal Register of October 21,
2002, Volume 6-7, NO. 203, page 64527), and the Privacy Act of 1974 (Public
Law 93-579). Additional FOIA and Privacy Act guidance may also be found
through the Department of the Interior’s website, http://www.doi/gov or the
U.S. Department of Justice site, http:/www/usdoj.gov.

Marianne M. Mills
Public Affairs Specialist
Southeast Region, NPS
100 Alabama Street SW
1924 Building
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 507-5613
(404) 562-3263 FAX
marianne_mills@nps.gov

From: Donald Triplett III

Marianne, hello!
Please sent all material related to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Appropriations (NPS-2014-00822) to this email address.
Thank you,

From: Mills, Marianne

Our response is attached

Marianne M. Mills
Public Affairs Specialist
Southeast Region, NPS
100 Alabama Street SW
1924 Building
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 507-5613
(404) 562-3263 FAX
marianne_mills@nps.gov

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