Performance assessments re: the use of goats on Boston Harbor Islands

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the National Park Service of the United States of America.
Tracking # NPS 2014-00762
Est. Completion None
Status
No Responsive Documents

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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All performance assessment reports related to the use of goats for grounds maintenance on the Boston Harbor Islands

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,

Beryl Lipton

From: Wilson, Charis

Dear Ms. Lipton,

My apologies, I forgot to cc you as I had intended.

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: Wilson, Charis <charis_wilson@nps.gov>
Date: Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 9:38 AM
Subject: BOST goats for maintenance: Freedom of Information Request:
Performance assessments re: the use of goats on Boston Harbor Islands
To: Annette Sasso <Annette_Sasso@nps.gov>

Hi Annette,

I'm routing this one to you for processing. Let me know if it turns out
another office needs to search for responsive records.

As usual, I've cc'd the requester so they know who will be processing 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: <requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Sat, Aug 9, 2014 at 7:21 PM
Subject: Freedom of Information Request: Performance assessments re: the
use of goats on Boston Harbor Islands
To: Charis_Wilson@nps.gov

August 9, 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:

All performance assessment reports related to the use of goats for grounds
maintenance on the Boston Harbor Islands

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,

Beryl Lipton

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For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 12868
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed
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be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Wilson,

Thank you for dealing with my request so promptly and forwarding it to the appropriate location.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Sasso,

I just received Ms. Wilson's email, which forwarded by request to you. I look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you so much.

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Charis Wilson

United States Department of the Interior
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
12795 W. Alameda Parkway
P.O. Box 25287
Denver, Colorado 80225-0287

August 27, 2014

A7221 (2550)

Beryl Lipton
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 12868
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Dear Ms. Lipton:

Reference: Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Subject: Response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated August 9, 2014, and received in this office on August 11, 2014. Your request was assigned Tracking Number NPS 2014-00762.

After searching our files, we have determined that we have no records responsive to your request. The National Park Service did not coordinate goats for ground maintenance, thus have we have no records or performance reports. The FOIA only requires us to search for records that are in our possession and control as of the date we begin our search for responsive records. There is no requirement that we create or compile a record in order to respond to a FOIA request.

Should you consider this NO RECORDS response to be a denial of your request, you have the right to appeal. You may file an appeal by writing to:

Freedom of Information Act Appeals Officer
Office of the Solicitor
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
MS-6556-MIB,
Washington, D.C. 20240
foia.appeals@sol.doi.gov

Your appeal must be received no later than 30 workdays after the date of this final response. The appeal should be marked, both on the envelope and the face of the appeal letter, with the legend "FREEDOM OF INFORMATION APPEAL." Your appeal should be accompanied by a copy of your original request and copies of all correspondence between yourself and the National Park Service related to this request, along with any information you have which leads you to believe the records are available, including where they might be found, if the location is known to you. Please note, appeals received after 5 p.m. EST will be considered to have been received as of the following day.

Also as part of the 2007 OPEN Government Act FOIA amendments, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) was created to offer mediation services to resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies as a nonexclusive alternative to litigation. Using OGIS services does not affect your right to pursue litigation.

You may contact OGIS in any of the following ways:

Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)
National Archives and Records Administration
Room 2510
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

E-mail: ogis@nara.gov
Phone: 301-837-1996
Fax: 301-837-0348
Toll-free: 1-877-684-6448

Additionally, because the National Park Service creates and maintains law enforcement records, we are required by the Department of Justice to provide the following information, even though it may or may not apply to your specific request. Congress excluded three discrete categories of law enforcement and national security records from the requirements of the FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. 552(c) (2006 & Supp. IV 2010). This response is limited to those records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA. This is a standard notification that we are required to give all our requesters and should not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not, exist.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any further questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

C.‚Äč
____________________
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

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