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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Northern California District
 
Release Date: 09/03/13
Contacts: Jeff Fontana, (530) 252-5332    
News Release No. CA-N-13-83

Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee Meets Sept. 18-19


Natural resource conservation topics northeast California's Warner Mountains and northwest Nevada's high desert are on the agenda for a field tour and meeting of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 18 and 19. The public is welcome.

On Sept. 18, the committee convenes at 9 a.m. at the Bureau of Land Management Alturas Field Office, 708 W. 12th St. in Alturas, and departs immediately to tour Modoc National Forest lands at Lassen Creek in the Warner Mountains northeast of Alturas. The tour will return to Alturas no later than 4 p.m. Members of the public must provide their own transportation, food and beverages.

On Sept. 19, the steering committee meets at 9 a.m. at the BLM Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler St., Cedarville. Agenda items include discussion of the Lassen Creek field tour and resource management proposals and status of the BLM's environmental assessments for the Vya Population Management Unit and the Massacre Lakes Grazing Allotment and Herd Management Area.

The committee will also discuss the possibility of expanding a grazing fee credit program to cover rangeland monitoring, discuss the National Academy of Sciences report on the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program, receive program reports from the BLM and Forest Service, and hear status updates from member agencies.

Public comments will be taken at 2:30 p.m.

The Modoc-Washoe group is part of the national Experimental Stewardship Program, created by Congress in the Public Rangelands Improvement Act of 1978. The program encourages rangeland management innovation and incentives for improving conditions on public rangelands. The Modoc-Washoe group advises the BLM's Surprise Field Office and the Modoc National Forest's Warner Mountain Ranger District.

The committee has diverse membership including livestock grazing permit holders, representatives from the BLM and Forest Service and the California and Nevada Departments of Fish and Wildlife. Other interests represented include the timber industry, invasive weed control interests, environmental and sporting interests from California and Nevada and local government.




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