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Landowners join forces to restore New Mexico grasslands

Landowners join forces to restore New Mexico grasslands

The Associated Press
April 28, 2018 11:19 AM

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Ranchers and landowners in southeastern New Mexico are joining forces to restore grasslands in the area.

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The Carlsbad Current Argus reports the groups are seeking to replace invasive bushes such as salt cedar or creosote with vast expanses of native grass.

In Eddy County, conservationists are introducing an herbicide to hundreds of acres of soil on multiple ranches near Carlsbad. Those efforts are aimed at killing mesquite and salt cedars to make room for native grass.

New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts Project Manager Jesse Juen says treating the soil and restoring the native plants benefits the overall environment by allowing vegetation to capture more water during the rare rainfall.

The move comes as almost half of New Mexico is struggling with extreme drought conditions.

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