Notice of Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a forthcoming meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
Modoc National Forest, CA; Restoration of the Sagebrush Steppe and Associated Ecosystems in Northeast California and Northwest Nevada Through Improved Management of Western Juniper and Other Natural Resources
The Modoc National Forest and partner agencies including the U.S. Departmentof the Interior's Bureau of Land Management and Modoc County, California, arecooperating to develop a management plan and environmental impact statement to addressrestoration of sagebrush steppe ecosystems that have been impacted by rapidly expandedstands of Western juniper. The management plan will broadly identify appropriate treatment methodologies by soil and range site, provide guidelines for design and implementation ofeffective treatments, and provide a broad prioritization for treatment areas to be analyzedover a 30 year horizon. The ecosystem restoration projects, derived from this managementstructure, will restore biodiversity and productivity to these ecosystems, benefiting sagebrushobligate species such as sage- grouse, improving hydrologic conditions and enhancing theforage base for wildlife and domestic animals. Restoration projects will occur on NationalForest lands and public lands administered by the BLM in parts of Modoc, Lassen, Shastaand Siskiyou counties, California and in Washoe County, Nevada. The planning area coversapproximately 6.5 million acres of public and private land.This management plan will amend the Modoc National Forest Land and Resource ManagementPlan and BLM land use plans for the Alturas, Eagle Lake and Surprise field
National Sheep Industry Improvement Center: Inviting Grant Proposals for the Sheep and Goat Industry Grant Initiative
The National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (NSIIC) announces the availability of approximately $300,000 in competitive grants for product or business development, producer information or education, marketing and promotion for sheep or goats or their products, genetic retention, and animal health. Eligible applicants, including many business structures but excluding individuals (see section III), may apply for up to $50,000 in Federal Funds per proposal. The intent is to fund a variety of proposals that will benefit the U.S. sheep and goat industries.