News Release

For Release: June 3, 2008
Contact: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332       
BLM CA-N-08-62

Three Seats Open on Modoc-Washoe Stewardship Committee

The Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Program (ESP) Steering Committee, a natural resource advisory board, is seeing applicants for three vacancies.
 
Seats representing noxious weed management, timber interests, and California environmental organizations are open for two-year terms.  There are no term limits.
 
Anyone interested should contact Shane DeForest, manager of the Bureau of Land Management Surprise Field Office, (530) 279-6101; or Jim Irvin, district ranger for the Modoc National Forest’s Warner Mountain Ranger District, (530) 279-6116.  The application deadline is July 2, 2008.
 
Members attend quarterly meetings in Cedarville, Calif.  They serve on a volunteer basis.
 
Modoc-Washoe ESP is one of three such advisory councils in the western United States.  Established by Congress in the Public Rangeland Improvement Act of 1978, it advises the BLM’s Surprise Field Office and Modoc National Forest’s Warner Mountain Ranger District on natural resources and rangeland management.
 
The 21-member steering committee includes managers of the BLM Surprise Field Office, the Forest Service Warner Mountain Ranger District, and the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. Representatives from the California Department of Fish and Game and the Nevada Department of Wildlife also are members.

The committee also includes environmental group representatives from Nevada and California, representatives of the cattle and timber industries, resource conservation districts, Modoc County government, wild horse and burro interests, sporting groups, livestock grazing organizations, and the North Cal Neva Resource Conservation and Development District.

The group works on a full consensus basis to promote innovative range management approaches and to provide incentives for excellence.

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USDI Bureau of Land Management - Surprise Field Office
USDA Forest Service - Modoc National Forest