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Release Date: 08/31/12
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332  
News Release No. NC-12-93

Modoc-Washoe Stewardship Committee Meets Sept. 19-20 in Cedarville

Natural resource topics ranging from livestock grazing to wildland fires will highlight the agenda when the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Program Steering Committee meets Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 19 and 20, in Cedarville.

The tour and meeting are open to the public, convening at the Bureau of Land Management Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler St.

On Sept. 19 the committee meets at 9 a.m. for a tour of public lands burned by the Lost Fire, which spread across more than 61,000 acres of wildlife habitat, grazing areas and wild horse habitat in southeast of Cedarville in early August.  Discussion topics on the day-long trip will include emergency stabilization and restoration, and adjustments to livestock grazing management.

Members of the public must provide their own transportation in high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles.

On Sept. 20 the committee meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the BLM conference room.  Agenda topics include wildfire communication strategies and grazing permittee involvement, updates on the Lost and Rush fires, grazing authorizations in the Warner Mountains, a proposed wild horse gather in the Buckhorn and Coppersmith herd management areas, and an update on the BLM’s riparian assessment, inventory and monitoring strategy.

The committee also will hear updates from technical review teams working on management recommendations for the Bare, Massacre Lakes and Homecamp livestock grazing allotments.

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 promoting innovative range management approaches and providing 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. 


Last updated: 08-31-2012