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Land Ownership in the San Rafael Basin

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership in each category, is shown for the San Rafael Basin in Figure 3.12-2.  Principal features of land ownership are the lack of diversity in land ownership, 99% of land is under federal or private ownership, and the large portion of land managed by the National Forest Service.  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 3.0.4Land ownership categories are discussed below in the order from largest to smallest percentage in the basin.

National Forest

  • 73.1% of land is federally owned and managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS). 
  • Forest land is in the Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District.
  • The basin includes most of the Miller Peak Wilderness area.  (see Figure 3.0-12)
  • Primary land uses are recreation, grazing and timber production.

Private

  • 26.3% of land is private.
  • There is a large concentration of private land in the Santa Cruz County portion of the basin.
  • Private land in-holdings are located throughout the national forest lands in the basin.
  • Primary land uses are domestic and grazing.

State Trust Land

  • 0.3% of land is held in trust for land in this basin is held in trust for public schools under the State Trust Land system.
  • Primary land use is grazing.

National Park Service (NPS)

  • 0.2% of land is federally owned and managed by the National Park Service.
  • All park lands are within the small portion of Coronado National Memorial in the basin.
  • Primary land use is recreation.

U.S. Military

  • 0.1% of land is federally owned and managed by the U.S. Army.
  • All military lands are part of Fort Huachuca.
  • Primary land use is military activities.

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Click to view Figure 3.12-2 San Rafael Basin Land Ownership

 

 

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