Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee to meet in Cedarville

Members of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Program Steering Committee will discuss issues affecting management of public rangelands when they convene for a field tour and meeting, Wednesday and Thursday, June 28 and 29, in Cedarville.

For the day-long field tour, members will convene at 9 a.m. June 28, at the Cedarville Community Church, 405 Bonner Street. Members of the public are welcome. They must provide their own transportation and lunch. A high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended.

The business meeting, also open to the public, begins at 9 a.m. June 29, at the community church hall. Those unable to attend can participate via Zoom by using the following meeting link and information. The committee will hear public comments at 2:30 p.m.

Meeting link:
ucanr.zoom.us/j/98379557303?pwd=Q3gwc0tzZ0NwcXpFWEV0Zy95N0VIZz09. Meeting ID: 983 7955 7303
Passcode: 725683
Phone only: 1 669 900 6833

Agenda items include a report on virtual fencing, an update on a Warner Mountain bear study, wild horse management on BLM-managed public lands, a South Warner Wilderness fire reintroduction proposal, and the Truckee Meadows Public Lands Management Act.

The committee will also hear reports from members, and from the Bureau of Land Management Applegate Field Office and the Modoc National Forest Warner Mountain Ranger District.

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.