News Release

For Release: Jan. 2, 2008
Contact: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332       
BLM CA-N-08-15

Modoc-Washoe Stewardship Steering Committee Meets January 10

A broad range of natural resource management topics is on the agenda for a meeting for the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee set for Thursday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m., at the Cedarville Community Church Fellowship Hall.
The day-long meeting is open to the public.
Agenda items include a technical review team report on fen meadow management, a report on livestock management in the urban interface, a status report on the Sage Steppe Ecosystem Management Project and an update on the Modoc National Forest development of an environmental impact statement for noxious weed management.
The committee will also discuss livestock grazing as a fire management tool, hear on update on proposed Washoe County public lands legislation, hear a report on Bureau of Land Management livestock permit renewals and discuss Surprise Valley water management topics. 
Committee members will also begin making plans to host the 2009 national Experimental Stewardship Program meeting.
Member agencies will provide status reports.
The steering committee advises the BLM’s Surprise Field Office and the Modoc National Forest’s Warner Mountain Ranger District on natural resource issues and livestock grazing management on public lands.  One of three such committees established by Congress, the group works on a full consensus basis to promote innovate range management approaches and to provide incentives for excellence.
Members represent a wide range of interests, including livestock grazing permit holders, California and Nevada state wildlife agencies, the BLM, Forest Service, resource conservation districts, timber interests, environmental groups, sporting groups and local government.