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Land Ownership in the Parker Basin
Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership by category, for the Parker Basin is shown in Figure 7.6-2.  The principal feature of land ownership in this basin is the very small proportion of private land.  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)

  • 49.7% of the land is federally owned and managed by the Yuma Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management.
  • This basin includes the 30,000 acre Trigo Mountains Wilderness, the 19,000 acre Gibraltar Mountain Wilderness and the 15,000 acre East Cactus Plain Wilderness.  (see Figure 7.0-12)
  • Land uses include grazing, resource conservation and recreation.

U.S. Military

  • 19.5% of the land is federally owned and managed by the U.S. Military as the Yuma Proving Ground.
  • Primary land use is military activity.

Indian Reservation

  • 16.4% of the land is under tribal ownership as the Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation.
  • Land uses include domestic, commercial and agriculture.

Wildlife Refuge

  • 9.3% of the land is federally owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Cibola NWR and the Imperial NWR
  • Land uses include resource conservation, wildlife protection and recreation.

State Trust Land

  • 3.7% of the land is held in trust for the public schools under the State Trust Land system.
  • Primary land use is agriculture.

Private

  • 1.3% of the land is private.
  • Small parcels of private land are located in the vicinity of Highway 95, north of Cibola, and at Parker and Cienega Springs
  • Land uses include domestic, commercial and agriculture.

Other (Game and Fish, County and Bureau of Reclamation Lands)

  • 0.1% of the land is federally owned and managed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBOR)
  • USBOR lands are located north of Cibola along the Colorado River.
  • Primary land use is unknown.

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Figure 7.6-2 Parker Basin Land Ownership

 

 

 

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