Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee meets in Cedarville

Members of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Program Steering Committee will discuss issues affecting management of public rangelands when they convene at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the conference room of the Bureau of Land Management Surprise Field Station, 602 Cressler St., Cedarville.

The meeting is open to the public, with a comment period set for 2:30 p.m. Those unable to attend in person can participate via a toll-free phone number, (888) 395-5718. The passcode is 10959.

Agenda items include discussions on managing greater sage grouse and their habitat, wild horse management on BLM-managed public lands in the Stewardship Program’s area of interest, program status reports from the BLM and Modoc National Forest, and updates from committee members.

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 Surprise Field Station and Modoc National Forest lands managed by the Warner Mountain Ranger District.

The committee has diverse membership including 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, resource conservation districts, the Natural Resource 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 committee members.