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Land Ownership in the Lower San Pedro Basin

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership in each category, is shown for the Lower San Pedro in Figure 3.8-2.  Principal features of land ownership in this basin include the large variety of land ownership types, seven total, and the high proportion of 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

  • 51.9% of land in this basin is held in trust for public schools and 13 other beneficiaries under the State Trust Land system.
  • The majority of the land in state ownership is contiguous and located throughout the basin.
  • Primary land use is grazing.

Private

  • 20.9% of land ownership is private.
  • Private land is largely fragmented in this basin with one nearly continuous strip running along the two highways in the region, 177 and 77, and the San Pedro River. A sizable portion of private land ownership also exists around the town of San Manuel.
  • There are a few private land in-holdings in the Coronado National Forest and U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands.
  • Primary land uses are farming, mining, domestic and commercial.

National Forest

  • 15.3% of the land is federally owned and managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS). 
  • The basin contains two forest districts and three ranger districts, the Tonto National Forest, Globe Ranger District and the Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Ranger District in the west and the Safford Ranger District in the east.
  • The basin contains portions of two wilderness areas, the Rincon Mountain Wilderness area, which surrounds Saguaro National Park and the Galiuro Wilderness area in the Safford Ranger District. (see Figure 3.0-12)
  • Primary land uses are recreation, grazing and timber production.

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Click to view Figure 3.8-2 Lower San Pedro Basin Land Ownership

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • 9.3% of land is federally owned and managed by the Safford Field Office of the BLM.
  • BLM ownership is dispersed in small parcels throughout most of the basin.
  • The Redfield Canyon Wilderness area, managed by the BLM, is located in T11S, R20E. (see Figure 3.0-12)
  • Primary land uses are grazing and recreation.

Indian Reservations

  • 1.6% of land is under ownership of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.
  • The small portion of the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation is located east of Dudleyville.
  • Primary land use is grazing.

National Park Service (NPS)

  • 0.8% of land is federally owned and managed by the National Park Service.
  • A small portion of Saguaro National Park is in the southwestern corner of the basin.
  • Primary land use is recreation.

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

  • 0.2% of land is owned by the Bureau of Reclamation
  • This land is not visible on the map but is located in T4S, R14E.
  • Primary land use is for water delivery.

 

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