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Land Ownership in the Sacramento Valley Basin

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership by category, for the Sacramento Valley Basin is shown in Figure 4.9-2.  Principal features of land ownership in this basin are the large amount of U.S. Bureau of Land Management and private 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 4.0.4.  Land ownership categories are discussed below in the order from largest to smallest percentage in the basin.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • 58.2% of the land is federally owned and managed by the Kingman Field Office of the BLM.

  • The basin contains two wilderness areas, a portion of the 112,400 acre Warm Springs Wilderness and the entire 40,000 acre Wabayuma Peak Wilderness (see Figure 4.0-12).

  • BLM lands are located throughout the basin, and are interspersed with private lands.

  • Primary land uses are recreation and grazing.

Private

  • 38.0% of the land is private.
  • Private land is located throughout the basin, with larger contiguous parcels of land in the center of the basin and numerous fragmented lands along the basin edges.
  • Land uses include domestic, commercial and grazing.

State Trust Land

  • 2.8% of the land in this basin is held in trust for the public schools under the State Trust Land system.
  • State trust lands are found interspersed with private lands throughout the basin.
  • Primary land use is grazing.

Click to view Figure 4.9-2

Click to view Figure 4.9-2 Sacramento Valley

Basin Land Ownership

Wildlife Refuge

  • 0.6% of the land is federally owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • All wildlife refuge lands are part of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge and are located along the western basin boundary south of Topock.
  • Primary land uses are wildlife conservation and recreation.

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

  • 0.4% of the land is owned and managed by Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Mohave County Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Lands in the “other” category located in T20N, R18W are managed by Arizona Game and Fish and lands located in T20N, R15W are managed by the Mohave County Parks and Recreation Department as the Hualapai Mountain Park.
  • Primary land use is recreation.

 

 

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