Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee announces meeting

Members of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Program Steering Committee will discuss issues affecting management of public forests and rangelands when they convene for a field tour and meeting, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 8 and 9, in Alturas and Cedarville.

For the day-long field tour, members will convene at 9 a.m. Nov. 8, at the Modoc National Forest Headquarters, 225 West 8th Street in Alturas and depart immediately for a tour to discuss timber management issues. Members of the community are welcome. They should reserve space by calling Jeff Fontana, (530) 260-0189. Members of the public must provide their own transportation in a vehicle suitable for off highway travel.

On Nov. 9, the committee will convene at 9 a.m. at the Surprise Valley Community Church Hall, 405 Bonner Street in Cedarville. The business meeting, also open to the public, begins at 9 a.m. Public comments will be accepted at 11 a.m.

Those unable to attend can participate via Zoom by using the following meeting link and information: https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/96484944561?pwd=ODdZVUZ3ZTh4dTNQTE5xaCtKaUNoZz09 Phone Number: (669) 900 6833 Meeting ID: 964 8494 4561 Passcode: 459900 Meeting link.

Agenda items include a report on wild horse management in the ESP’s area of interest, a status report on a northern California bear management plan, an update on the Modoc National Forest Lassen 15 project, a report on recreational trails in the Warner Mountains, and clean water requirement impacts on livestock grazing. The committee will also hear a report from the Bureau of Land Management on managing acquired lands for sage grouse and riparian concerns and hear a report on grasshopper damage control.

Representatives from the BLM and the Modoc National Forest will present reports on agency activities, and committee members will report on activities in their 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.

For more information, call Jeff Fontana at (530) 260-0189.