News Release

For Release: Aug. 13, 2007
Contact: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332       

Modoc-Washoe Stewardship Steering Committee Meets August 23

Members of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee will discuss a wide range of natural resource conservation topics, when they meet Thursday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. at the Cedarville Community Church Hall in Cedarville.
The meeting, open to the public, could be continued on Friday, Aug. 24, if additional time is needed.
Committee members will hear updates from the Modoc National Forest on a noxious weeds environmental impact statement, development of a management plan for sagebrush-steppe ecosystems, travel management and the Fletcher Fire.
The Bureau of Land Management will present information on its policy affecting livestock grazing during drought conditions.
Other agenda topics include a report on rangeland implementation monitoring, a status report on wild horse management on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge and information on the Timber Working Circle.
Members will also report on the recent national Experimental Stewardship Program meeting held in Challis, Idaho.
The 17-member stewardship steering committee provides natural resource management advice to the BLM Surprise Field office and the Modoc National Forest 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.
Members represent a broad range of interests including livestock grazing permit holders, state wildlife agencies, the BLM, Forest Service, resource conservation districts, timber interests, environmental groups, sporting groups and local government.

For more information about the committee and its activities, contact BLM Public Affairs Officer Jeff Fontana at (530) 252-5332.