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Prescott AMA Land Ownership

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership by category, for the Prescott AMA is shown in Figure 8.3-2.  The principal feature of land ownership in the AMA is the relatively large amount of private land dispersed in a checkerboard pattern with state trust land. A description of land ownership data sources and methods is found in Volume 1, Appendix A.  More detailed information on National Monuments and Wilderness Areas is found in Section 8.0.4.  Land ownership categories are discussed below in the order of largest to smallest percentage in the AMA.


  • 55.0% of the land is private; the largest percentage of any of the AMA basins.
  • Land uses include domestic, commercial, agriculture and grazing.

National Forest

  • 21.9% of the land is federally owned and managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS) as the Prescott National Forest. 
  • The AMA contains 1,411 acres of the 5,553-acre Woodchute Wilderness along the east central border of the AMA north of Highway 89A (See Figure 8.0-13).
  • Land uses include recreation, grazing and timber production.

State Trust Land

  • 21.2% of the land is held in trust for the public schools and other beneficiaries under the State Trust Land system.
  • Primary land use is grazing.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

  • 1.1% of the land is federally owned and managed by the Hassayampa Field Office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
  • Primary land use is grazing.

Indian Reservation

  • 0.4% of the land is under ownership of the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe.
  • Land uses include domestic and commercial.

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

  • 0.2% of the land is owned and managed by local or regional governments, principally Pioneer Park.
  • Primary land use is recreation.

U.S. Military

  • 0.1% of the land is federally owned by the U.S. Military
  • Originally the site of Fort Whipple, these lands are now the location of Yavapai Community College and Veterans Administration Medical Center.

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Figure 8.3-2 Prescott AMA Land Ownership


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