News.bytes Extra, issue 175

BLM Director presents 4C’s award to Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee

Recognizing nearly a quarter century of work in natural resources management and conflict resolution, BLM Director Kathleen Clarke Saturday presented her 4C’s award to members of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee.

Members of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee display their awards.

The award, presented at a luncheon in Cedarville, commended the group for “exemplifying the Four C’s principles: Communication, Consultation, and Cooperation, all in the service of Conservation.”

Clarke said it was appropriate to present the award on National Public Lands Day, because the Stewardship Committee’s work has provided far-reaching benefits for the public lands owned by all Americans.

Clarke said the Stewardship group, which first met in 1980, has demonstrated the value of involving all public land stakeholders in discussion of issues. She said their continued efforts to work through challenging issues has benefited local ranchers, community economies and the health of public rangelands for a variety of users.

During the ceremony, California State Sen. Rico Oller joined Clarke in praising the group, and presented each member with a California State Senate appreciation award for their hard work.

Clarke also offered her thanks to the founding members of the group, noting that they had the courage and strength to form the committee and begin building trust among the various interests. Founding members Jean Schadler, Wayne Burkhardt and Jim Cockrell attended the luncheon.

The Stewardship group was authorized in the Public Rangelands Improvement Act of 1978. The law gave the committee freedom to experiment in finding ways to manage livestock grazing on public lands in ways that would leave ranges healthy.

Committee members focus their efforts at solving issues “on the ground,” often using “Technical Review Teams” of specialists to analyze problems and devise solutions. Their work has resulted in improvements to upland and riparian areas, to high elevation grazing areas in the Warner Mountains, and in management of wild horse herds.

The 21-member steering committee includes a wide variety of public rangeland interests, all having an equal voice. Members include representatives of the BLM, Modoc National Forest, California and Nevada wildlife agencies, livestock permittee organizations, the timber industry, environmental groups, sporting interests, resource conservation districts, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, wild horse and burro interests, the University of California Cooperative Extension, Modoc County government and environmental education interests.

News.bytes, issue 175