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Land Ownership in the Douglas Basin

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership in each category, is shown for the Douglas Basin in Figure 3.5-2.   Principal features of land ownership in this basin are the significant amount of private land interspersed with 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.

Private

  • 62.6% of the land is held privately.
  • The largest concentration of private lands is along Highway 191, the major route through the basin.
  • This basin contains the largest percentage of private land ownership of any basin in the planning area. 
  • Primary land uses are farming, domestic, commercial and mining.

State Trust

  • 32.1% of the land in this basin is held in trust for public schools and 13 other beneficiaries under the State Trust Land system.
  • State land ownership in this basin is relatively fragmented.
  • Primary land use is grazing.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • 3.8% of land is federally owned and managed by the Safford Office of the BLM.
  • BLM lands are interspersed throughout the private and state owned lands in this basin and there is little continuity.
  • Primary land use is grazing.

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National Forest

  • 0.7% of land is federally owned and managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS). 
  • All forest lands in the basin are in the Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest.
  • Primary land uses are recreation, grazing and timber production.

Wildlife Refuge

  • 0.4% of land is federally owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
  • All USFWS lands are within the Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge.  The refuge also includes private and state trust lands.
  • Primary land uses are wildlife protection and recreation.

Other

  • 0.4% of land is state owned and managed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
  • All Game and Fish lands are within the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area.
  • Primary land uses are wildlife protection and recreation.

U.S. Military

  • 0.1% of the land is federally owned and managed by the U.S. Military.
  • Primary land use is for military activities.

 

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