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Santa Cruz AMA Land Ownership

Land ownership, including the percentage of ownership by category, for the Santa Cruz AMA is shown in Figure 8.4-2.  Features of land ownership in the AMA are contiguous areas of private and forest service land.  A description of land ownership data sources and methods is found in Volume 1, Section 1.3.8.  More detailed information on National Parks, Monuments and Wilderness Areas is found in Section 8.0.4.  Land ownership categories are discussed below in the order of percentage from largest to smallest in the AMA.


  • 42.6% of the land is private.
  • Land uses include domestic, commercial, agriculture and grazing.

National Forest

  • 35.7% of the land is federally owned and by the United States Forest Service (USFS) as the Coronado National Forest. 
  • The AMA contains 5,540 acres of the 15,860-acre Mt. Wrightson Wilderness in the northeast corner (See Figure 8.0-13).
  • Land uses include resource conservation, recreation and grazing.

State Trust Land

  • 21.3% 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)

  • 0.2% of the land is federally owned and managed by the Tucson Field Office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
  • Primary land use is grazing.

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

  • 0.1% of the land is owned and managed by Arizona State Parks as Patagonia State Park and Tubac Presidio State Historic Park.
  • Primary land use is recreation.

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Figure 8.4-2 Santa Cruz AMA Land Ownership


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