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Plan to be presented on wild horse policy

Published: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 - 8:08 am

Carla Bowers, a mustang advocate, will present a proposal for managing wild horses to the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Steering Committee when it meets in public session Jan. 10.

The committee is scheduled to discuss livestock grazing permits and wild horse management at the meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. at the Bureau of Land Management Surprise Field Office in Cedarville.

It will also discuss genetic diversity in the wild herds and Forest Service management in wild horse territory in northeastern California, said Jeff Fontana, a BLM spokesman in Susanville.

The agenda of the stewardship committee, which provides advice on natural resource issues and livestock grazing to the BLM and the Modoc National Forest's Warner Mountain Ranger District, includes reports from technical review teams working on a livestock grazing proposal for the BLM's Bare Grazing Allotment, and a proposal regarding temporarily nonrenewable forage grazing permits.

The group works on a full consensus basis to promote innovative range management approaches and to provide incentives for excellence. Members represent broad interests, including livestock grazing permit holders, California and Nevada state wildlife agencies, the BLM, Forest Service, resource conservation districts, timber interests, environmental groups, sporting groups and local government, Fontana said.

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