Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee Meets in Cedarville

You can share your thoughts with the Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee on land management in the Bureau of land management’s Surprise Field Station and Modoc National Forest this month. Members of the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Program Steering Committee will discuss issues affecting the management of public rangelands in a meeting at the end of this month. You are invited to participate by offering comments on items to be discussed, including managing greater sage grouse and their habitat, wild horse management on BLM-managed public lands, 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.

Representatives from the California and Nevada fish and wildlife departments 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 the University of Nevada, cooperative extension services, are committee members.

The meeting will be held in Cedarville Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 9 a.m., in the conference room of the BLM Surprise Field Station; public commenting will be set for 2:30 p.m. If you can not attend, you can call in to participate. Learn more by visiting the BLM’s information center, found at blm.gov.