The Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee will discuss various rangeland management topics when it meets Thursday, September 18th, at 9:00a.m., at the Bureau of Land Management’s Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler St., in Cedarville.
Items for the morning session include reports from member agencies and a discussion about resting lands from livestock grazing after vegetation treatments.
Beginning at 1:00p.m. the committee will hear a reports on the Modoc National Forest’s Lassen 15 Project, management planning for sage grouse conservation, drought impacts and degraded sagebrush.
Also on the afternoon agenda are discussions about wild horse management and local goals for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Public comments will be taken at 3:15 p.m. Those unable to attend can participate by teleconference. The phone number is (888) 395-5718. The passcode is 8667997.
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 ranges. The steering committee advises the BLM’s Surprise Field Office and the Modoc National Forest’s Warner Mountain Ranger District.
Committee members represent diverse interests including livestock grazing permit holders, invasive weed control, wild horse and burro management, environmental education, local government, resource conservation districts, environmental groups, and sporting groups. Representatives from the BLM and Forest Service and the California and Nevada departments of fish and wildlife are also members.