Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee to meet via teleconference

Members of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Program steering committee will discuss issues affecting management of public rangelands when they convene by teleconference from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The meeting is open to the public, with a comment period set for 2:30 p.m. The toll-free phone number is (888) 395-5718, and the passcode is 6066486.

The committee will hear reports from member organizations and government agencies and hear from a technical review team that participated with the Bureau of Land Management in developing an emergency stabilization and rehabilitation plan for the Cold Springs Fire.

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, representatives from the BLM, Forest Service and the California and Nevada Departments of Fish and Wildlife. Other interests represented include the timber industry, invasive weed control interests, resource conservation districts, the National Resource Conservation Service, environmental and sporting interests from California and Nevada and local government.