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Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee meets June 25 and 26 in Cedarville

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — The Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee will discuss various natural resource management topics when it holds a field tour and meeting, Wednesday and Thursday, June 25 and 26, in Cedarville, California.

At 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, the committee will convene at the Bureau of Land Management Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler St., and depart immediately for a tour to the Homecamp and Boulder Reservoir areas managed by the BLM.Members of the public are welcome.They must provide their own transportation in high clearance vehicles, lunches and beverages.

At 9 a.m. Thursday, June 26, the committee meets in the conference room of the BLM Surprise Field Office.Agenda items include reports from member agencies, a report from a technical review team working on the Modoc National Forest’s Lassen 15 project and an update on the BLM’s development of an environmental impact statement on conserving greater sage grouse and their habitat.The committee will also hear an update on wild horse and burro management topics and drought conditions.

The meeting is open to the public, and comments will be accepted at 2:45 p.m.Those unable to attend can participate via teleconference at (800) 369-1181, passcode 68529.

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 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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