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Land Ownership in the Aravaipa Canyon Basin

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership by category, for the Aravaipa Canyon Basin is shown in Figure 3.1-2.  Principal features of land ownership in this basin are the large amount of federal land holdings 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 3.0.4.  Land ownership categories are discussed below in the order from largest to smallest percentage in the basin.

State Trust Land

  • 38.3% of the land is held in trust for the public schools and 10 other beneficiaries under the State Trust Land system.

  • Most state trust land is in two bands flanking the Klondyke and Klondyke-Bonita roads and extending to national forest boundaries.

  • Primary land use is grazing.

National Forest

  • 25.6% of the land is federally owned and managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS). 

  • All forest lands in the basin are in the Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest.

  • The westernmost national forest land contains a portion of the Galiuro Wilderness Area and a small portion of the Santa Teresa Wilderness east of Klondyke. (see Figure 3.0-12)

  • Land uses include resource conservation, recreation and grazing.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • 20.6% of the land is federally owned and managed by the Safford Field Office of the BLM.

  • Just over a quarter of the BLM land in the basin, 18,970 acres, is managed as the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness located in T6S and T7S, R18E. (see Figure 3.0-12)

  • Land uses include recreation and grazing.

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Private

  • 14.2% of the land is private.
  • Primary land uses are domestic, ranching and farming.

Indian Reservations

  • 1.3% of the land is under ownership of the San Carlos Apache Tribe located in a small strip along the northern boundary of the basin.
  • Primary land uses are grazing.

 

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