Experimental Stewardship Committee meets Thursday in Cedarville and via Zoom

Members of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Program Steering Committee will discuss various rangeland management topics when they meet Thursday, July 11, beginning at 9 a.m., in the Surprise Valley Community Church Hall, 405 Bonner St., Cedarville. Members of the public are welcome to attend, or participate virtually via Zoom, using this link: ucanr.zoom.us/j/99501500517 pwd=0tV6t1Bxu3bM0CWfAApjm6mB6RZo.1.

Participants can call in by telephone by using this information: (669 )900 6833; Meeting ID: 956 9724 4531; Passcode: 942992.

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

Agenda topics include the status of wild horse management on lands within the program’s area of interest, a status report on management of trails and wilderness in the Warner Mountains, an overview of meadow restoration projects in the Warners, an update on the BLM public lands rule, a status report on virtual fencing trials and a report on wildlife management.

The committee will also hear a report on a recent Mustang Camp for youth and participate in an exercise that was used during the event.

Managers from the Modoc National Forest Warner Mountain Ranger District and the Bureau of Land Management Applegate Field Office will present updates on activities, and committee members will report on activities in their specific areas of interest.

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.