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Land Ownership in the Bonita Creek Basin

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership by category, for the Bonita Creek Basin is shown in Figure 3.2-2.  Principal features of land ownership in this basin are the large amount of San Carlos Apache tribal land, the largely solid portion of U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands in the south and the lack of diversity in land ownership types.  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.

Indian Reservation

  • 88.4% of the land in this basin is under ownership of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.
  • Primary land uses are domestic and grazing.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • 11.0% of the land is federally owned and managed by the Safford Field Office of the BLM.

  • The majority of the BLM land is in the southern portion of the basin, however, there are a few very small portions of BLM land along the western boundary of the basin in T2S, R23E; T3S, R24E; and T4S, R25E.

  • The basin contains a portion of the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area as shown.

  • Primary land use is grazing.

Private

  • 0.5% of land is private.

  • All private lands are in-holdings within BLM land.

  • Primary land uses are domestic and grazing.

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