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FARMINGTON — The Bureau of Land Management's Farmington District Office and Rio Puerco Field Office will start thinning about 15,000 acres of sagebrush in northwest New Mexico on Thursday.

In partnership with the San Juan and Cuba soil and water conservation districts, the BLM will drop tebuthiuron pellets from a helicopter on the brush located on BLM land west of Cuba and southeast of Farmington.

The soil-activated herbicide will dissolve into the roots of the sagebrush to reduce the density of the plant and increase the diversity of plant life, according to Shane Trautner, a BLM Farmington District Office rangeland management specialist.

Trautner said the thinning will last about 10 to 14 days.

For more information, contact 505-334-3090 or 505-564-7690.

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