News Release

For Release: Jan. 8, 2009
Contact: Jeff Fontana (BLM) (530) 252-5332
CA-N-09-20       

Modoc-Washoe Stewardship Committee Meets Jan 21-22 in Cedarville

Members of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee will discuss a wide range of natural resource management topics, when they meet Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 21 and 22, at the Community Church Hall, Center at Bonner Streets, Cedarville.
 
Wednesday’s meeting runs from 1:30 to 5 p.m.;  the Thursday session is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The public is welcome.
 
On Jan. 21, the committee will discuss the grazing fee credit program, learn about opportunities for drought relief and hear a status report on the Bureau of Land Management wild horse and burro program.
 
The Thursday session will include status reports from member agencies, discussion of the committee’s role in environmental review for range projects, an update on the Modoc National Forest’s noxious weed management environmental impact statement, and an update on the Sage Steppe Ecosystem Restoration Strategy.

Committee members will continue planning for the national Experimental Stewardship program meeting to be held in Cedarville in June.
 
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 varied 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.

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US Bureau of Land Management                 US Forest Service
Surprise Field Office                             Modoc National Forest