Experimental Stewardship Committee holds Feb. 14 meeting, grazing workshop

Members of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Program Steering Committee will discuss various rangeland management topics and hold a workshop on livestock grazing technologies at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Surprise Valley Community Church Hall, 405 Bonner St, in Cedarville.

Members of the public are welcome to attend, or participate virtually via Zoom, by clicking here.

Call In:
(669) 900 6833 US Meeting ID: 956 9724 4531 Passcode: 942992

The committee will hear public comments at 11 a.m.

Agenda topics for the business meeting include reports from the Bureau of Land Management Applegate Field Office and the Modoc National Forest Warner Mountain Ranger District, and reports from committee members.

Representatives from the BLM will report on wild horse management and sage grouse habitat.

The grazing workshop starts at 1 p.m. It will be audio only for those joining by Zoom. Topics include virtual fencing, grazing technology research in Modoc and Lassen counties, consideration of allowing grazing fee credit to be applied toward virtual fencing projects, and a discussion about the ESP’s role in supporting new grazing technologies.

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. It focuses on public lands managed by the BLM’s Applegate Field Office east of the Warner Mountains, and Modoc National Forest lands of the Warner Mountain Ranger District.

The committee membership includes livestock grazing permit holders and representatives from the BLM Applegate Field Office and Modoc National Forest. Representatives from the California and Nevada departments of fish and wildlife are members, along with representatives from the timber industry, invasive weed control interests, wild horse and burro interests, resource conservation districts, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, local government, and environmental and sporting interests from California and Nevada. Representatives from the University of California and University of Nevada cooperative extension services also are members.