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Land Ownership in the Grand Wash Basin

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership by category, for the Grand Wash Basin is shown in Figure 6.2-2.  The principal feature of land ownership in this basin is the large portion of land, 96% of the total basin area, within the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the National Park 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 6.0.4.  Land ownership categories are discussed below in the order from largest to smallest percentage in the basin.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • 86.4% of the land is federally owned and managed by the Arizona Strip Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management.

  • Most of the BLM lands in this basin are part of the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, which also includes two wilderness areas, Grand Wash Cliffs (37,030 acres, entire) and Paiute (87,900 acres, portion).

  • Land uses include resource conservation, recreation and grazing.

National Park Service (NPS)

  • 11.8% of the land is federally owned and managed by the National Park Service as the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and Grand Canyon National Park.
  • Land uses include resource conservation and recreation.

State Trust Land

  • 1.8% of the land is held in trust for the public schools under the State Trust Land system.
  • All state land is interspersed with BLM land and is included within the boundaries of the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.
  • Primary land use is grazing.

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Click to view Figure 6.2-2 Grand Wash Basin

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