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Northern California District
Release Date: 01/24/14
Contacts: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332    
News Release No. CA-N-14-18

Modoc-Washoe Stewardship Committee Meets Jan. 30 in Cedarville

Various natural resources topics including management of greater sage-grouse and wild horses and burros are on the agenda for a meeting of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee, Thursday, Jan. 30, at 9 a.m., at the Bureau of Land Management office, 602 Cressler St., in Cedarville.

Morning topics for the day-long meeting include reports from the BLM Surprise Field Office and Modoc National Forest, reports from member agencies and organizational matters including appointments and election of officers.

During the afternoon, committee members will hear an update on the BLM's work to amend resource management plans by adding sage-grouse conservation measures, discuss management of wild horses and burros on public lands, and discuss a process under which the BLM could issue temporary, non-renewable grazing permits.

Public comment is scheduled for 3:15.

The Modoc-Washoe steering committee 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 groups and sporting interests from California and Nevada, and local government.


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