Sage grouse, wild horses focus of conservation meeting

Published: Monday, Apr. 21, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Sage grouse and wild horses will be among the items under discussion when the Modoc-Washoe Experimental Stewardship Committee meets Thursday at the Bureau of Land Management Surprise Field Office in Cedarville

After a 9 a.m. reports from member agencies, BLM and U.S. Forest Service officials will report at 1 p.m. on their efforts to reduce fuels in the Buffalo-Skedaddle sage grouse management area, said Jeff Fontana, a BLM spokesman in Susanville.

The committee will also get information on monitoring work in the Warner Mountains and hear a report on the status of an environmental impact statement on sage grouse conservation.

Federal officials have identified significant threats to the greater sage-grouse, a large ground-dwelling bird, and are considering listing it under the Endangered Species Act. BLM and the Forest Service have adopted a conservation strategy and are taking steps to conserve the species and avoid the listing.

The committee will also discuss a BLM environmental assessment on the management of livestock and wild horses during drought.

The meeting is open to the public, with a comment period set for 3:15 p.m.

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