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Land Ownership in the Butler Valley Basin

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership by category, for the Butler Valley Basin is shown in Figure 7.1-2.  Principal features of land ownership in this basin are the large blocks of U.S. Bureau of Land Management and State Trust lands.  A description of land ownership data sources and methods is found in Volume 1, Appendix A.  More detailed information on protected areas is found in Section 7.0.4.  Land ownership categories are discussed below in the order of largest to smallest percentage in the basin.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • 55.5% of the land is federally owned and managed by the Yuma Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management.
  • BLM land in this basin includes 4,900 acres of the 38,000 acre Rawhide Mountains Wilderness and 11,000 acres of the 25,000 acre Harcuvar Mountains Wilderness. (see Figure 7.0-12)
  • Land uses include grazing, resource conservation and recreation.

State Trust Land

  • 43.9% of the land is held in trust for the public schools, the Pioneer Home and both the Dept of Corrections and Juvenile Corrections and county bonds under the State Trust Land system.
  • Primary land use is grazing.


  • 0.6% of the land is private.
  • Small parcels of private land are found surrounded by BLM land in the northern and southern portions of the basin.
  • Land uses include domestic and ranching.


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Figure 7.1-2 Butler Valley Basin Land Ownership


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