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Land Ownership in the Donnelly Wash Basin

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership in each category, is shown for the Donnelly Wash Basin in Figure 3.4-2.   Principal features of land ownership in this basin are the significant amount of state trust land, the band of Bureau of Reclamation land and the scattered Bureau of Land Management lands.  A description of land ownership data sources and methods is found in Volume 1, Appendix A.  More detailed information on National Parks, Monuments, Riparian, Conservation, Wildlife and Wilderness Areas is found in Section 3.0.4.   Land ownership categories are discussed below in the order of percentage from largest to smallest in the basin.

State Trust

  • 50.5% of land in this basin is held in trust predominantly for public schools and to a lesser extent the hospital for disabled miners.
  • The southern portion of the basin contains a sizeable contiguous portion of state owned land.
  • The center and northern portion of the basin contain trust lands that are in more of a checkerboard pattern among Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation lands.
  • Primary land use is grazing.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • 30.2% of land is federally owned and managed by the Safford Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Primary land use is grazing

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

  • 11.5% of land is federally owned and managed by the Bureau of Reclamation.
  • This land flanks the Gila River and extends south of Cochran.
  • Primary land use is for water delivery.

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  • 6.2% of land is private.
  • Private land is scattered in small parcels throughout the basin, with a few in-holdings in BLM lands in the northern portion of the basin.
  • Primary land uses are domestic and ranching.

National Forest

  • 1.6% of the land is federally owned and managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS). 
  • The basin includes the Globe Ranger District in the Tonto National Forest.
  • Primary land uses are grazing and recreation.


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