News Release

For Release: January 8, 2007                                                                                           
Contact: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332

Stewardship Steering Committee Meets January 18 

Members of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship steering committee will discuss wide ranging natural resource topics when they meet Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Cedarville Community Church Hall, corner of Center and Bonner Streets in Cedarville.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

Agenda topics include a report on management of fen meadows (marshy areas), updates on environmental impact statements being developed for sagebrush steppe ecosystems and noxious weed management, and an update on wind energy development proposals in northeast California.
The members also will discuss a proposal for involving livestock grazing permit holders in cooperative rangeland monitoring, and hear plans for upcoming national meetings of the Experimental Stewardship Program and the Society for Range Management.
The Modoc National Forest and Bureau of Land Management will provide updates on agency activities, and representatives of the ESP member agencies will report on significant events and projects.
The 17-member steering committee provides natural resource management advice to the BLM Surprise Field Office and the Forest Service Warner Mountain Ranger District. One of three such committees established by Congress, the group works on a full consensus basis to promote innovative approaches to range management and to provide incentives for excellence.
For more information, contact BLM Public Affairs Officer Jeff Fontana at (530) 252-5332.