A wide range of natural resource topics is on the agenda for a meeting of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee Thursday, December 10th, from 9:00a.m. to 3:30p.m., at the BLM Surprise Field Station, 602 Cressler Street in Cedarville.
The meeting is open to the public, with time for comments for set for 11:30a.m. Those unable to attend in person can participate by teleconference. The toll-free phone number is (888) 324-3867; the passcode is 33844.
Agenda items include a report on use of grazing fee credits to cover rangeland monitoring costs, an update on the Modoc National Forest’s Lassen15 project, an update on wild horse and burro management and a report from a technical review team looking into degraded sagebrush habitats.
The committee will also hear a project report from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, receive an update from the Bureau of Land Management on sage grouse conservation plans and hear a report from the Agriculture Research Service on grazing rest research.
Reports from ESP member agencies and organizations also will be presented.
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 steering committee advises the BLM’s Applegate (formerly Surprise) Field Office and the Modoc National Forest’s Warner Mountain Ranger District.
Committee membership is diverse, 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, resource conservation districts, NRCS, environmental and sporting interests from California and Nevada and local government.