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5/4/2018 - Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee to Host Meeting - Click here to print this information

The Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee will host a rangeland monitoring workshop and conduct a full-day business meeting, Wednesday and Thursday, May 23 and 24, in Cedarville. The workshop and meeting are open to the public.

On May 23, committee members will meet at 10 a.m. at the Bureau of Land Management Surprise Field Station, 601 Cressler St., in Cedarville, and depart for public land locations where the workshop will focus on techniques for monitoring livestock grazing plant use, streambank alteration and other topics.

The tour will include stops to discuss water developments, solar-powered wells and wild horse management.

Members of the public must provide their own transportation in high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles.

The ESP steering committee and Modoc County Cattlewomen will provide lunch at no charge.

Participants should RSVP by calling 530-233-6400 by Monday, May 14.

On May 24, the committee will convene at 9 a.m. at the BLM Surprise Field Station.

Morning agenda topics include reports from member agencies, a field trip report and a technical review team recommendation on a livestock fence in the Lassen Creek grazing allotment in the Warner Mountains.

In the afternoon, the committee will discuss a technical review team recommendation on proposed public land management legislation in northern Washoe County.

Afternoon topics also include wild horse management, an update on the Lake City sawmill and an update on juniper lumber production.

The committee will hear public comments at 3 p.m.

Those unable to attend the business meeting can participate and provide comments via teleconference.

The toll-free phone number is 888-395-5718, and the passcode is 40130.

The Modoc-Washoe group 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.

The Modoc-Washoe steering committee advises the BLMs Surprise Field Station and the Modoc National Forests 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.

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