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Land Ownership in the Coconino Plateau Basin

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership by category, for the Coconino Plateau Basin is shown in Figure 6.1-2.  Principal features of land ownership in this basin are the large blocks of tribal lands and the checkerboard pattern of state trust and private land. 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 6.0.4.  Land ownership categories are discussed below in the order from largest to smallest percentage in the basin.

Indian Reservation

  • 37.3% of the land is under tribal ownership.

  • The basin includes all of the Havasupai Indian Reservation and parts of the Hualapai Indian Reservation and the Navajo Indian Reservation.

  • This basin contains the largest percentage of tribal lands in the planning area.

  • Land uses include domestic, commercial, recreation and ranching.

Private

  • 22.0% of the land is private.

  • The majority of the private land is in the center of the basin and is interspersed with state trust lands.

  • Land uses include domestic, commercial and ranching.

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Land Ownership

National Forest

  • 17.8% of the land is federally owned and managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS). 

  • Forest lands in the basin are part of the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests.

  • The basin contains approximately 25,000 acres in two wilderness areas, Kendrick Mountain in the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests and Kachina Peaks in the Coconino National Forest.  (see Figure 6.0-14)

  • Land uses include recreation, grazing and timber production.

State Trust Land

  • 15.4% of the land is held in trust for the public schools and seven other beneficiaries under the State Trust Land system.

  • Most state land is located in the center of the basin interspersed in a checkerboard pattern with private land.

  • Primary land use is grazing.

National Park Service (NPS)

  • 7.4% of the land is federally owned and managed by the National Park Service as the Grand Canyon National Park.

  • Land uses include resource conservation and recreation.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • 0.1% of the land is federally owned and managed by the Hassayampa Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management.

  • The small portion of BLM land is southwest of the Grand Canyon.
  • Primary land use is grazing.

 

 

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