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Farmington BLM Office will host open house

Noel Lyn Smith
nsmith@daily-times.com
The Bureau of Land Management's headquarters in Farmington are pictured June 15.

FARMINGTON — The Bureau of Land Management’s Farmington Field Office will host an open house on Wednesday.

The event, which is open to the public, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at 6251 College Blvd., Suite A in Farmington.

The office is inviting the public to hear about the BLM’s current projects and learn about the agency's work in the area.

Tammy Faust, a realty specialist with the BLM, said specialists will be at the open house to answer questions about projects that are in progress or under proposal.

Among the projects Faust named were the Clean Path Energy Center, the Piñon Pipeline and the San Juan Basin Energy Connect Project.

Staff will be available to answer questions about special projects, archaeology, oil and gas, environmental species, recreation and more.

Faust said the open houses are scheduled quarterly and offer an opportunity to help people understand the roles and responsibilities of the BLM.

“We’re trying to connect more with the public,” Faust said.

There will also be an hour-long presentation, starting at 5:30 p.m., about a multi-agency extraction of the first juvenile Pentaceratops skeleton. A Pentaceratops is a five-horned herbivore dinosaur first discovered in New Mexico in the 1920s.

A group of people watches on Oct. 29 as a Black Hawk helicopter carries a piece of an adult Pentaceratops out of the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness south of Farmington.

In October and November, the BLM was among the agencies that excavated the fossils from the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness and the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area.

In addition to the juvenile remains, an adult Pentaceratops skull was also excavated from the area at the same time.

The fossils were transported to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque.

The museum, which serves as the repository for paleontological resources from BLM lands in the state, unveiled the fossils last month, and work has started to dig out the fossils from the rock.

For more information about the open house, call Tammy Faust at 505-564-7762 or email tfaust@blm.gov.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.