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Land Ownership in the Ranegras Plain Basin

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership by category, for the Ranegras Plain Basin is shown in Figure 7.7-2.  The principal feature of land ownership in this basin is the large proportion of U.S. Bureau of Land Management 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)

  • 66.3% of the land is federally owned and managed by the Yuma Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management.
  • This basin includes the 25,000 acre New Water Mountains Wilderness and 12,000 acres of the 100,000 acre Eagletail Mountains Wilderness. (See Figure 7.0-12)
  • Land uses include grazing, resource conservation and recreation.

Wildlife Refuge

  • 15.5% of the land is federally owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).
  • Land uses include resource conservation, wildlife protection and recreation.

Private

  • 11.1% of the land is private.
  • Land uses include domestic, commercial and agriculture.

State Trust Land

  • 7.1% of the land is held in trust for the public schools under the State Trust Land system.
  • Primary land use is grazing and agriculture.

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Figure 7.7-2 Ranegras Plain Basin Land Ownership

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