Herbicide will be dropped on sagebrush on BLM land

The Daily Times staff
San Juan County

FARMINGTON — San Juan County and Rio Arriba County residents could see aircraft flying low over public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and dropping pellets starting on Friday, according to a press release from the BLM.

The planes will be dropping tebuthiuron pellets. The pellets include a soil-activated herbicide that inhibits photosynthesis in sagebrush.

The BLM will drop the herbicide on 9,803 acres of land.

According to the press release, the herbicide will not impact native grasses, forbs or other herbaceous vegetation. The press release states the goal is to reduce the amount of sagebrush to historic levels of density and not to eradicate the plant. In addition to sagebrush, the herbicide also will reduce creosote bush and juniper coverage.

The pellets will not drift into other areas and will not be dropped near waterways.

For more information, call BLM rangeland management specialist Barbara Witmore at 505-564-7696 or Melissa May of the San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District at 505-793-0294.