Arizona State Land Ranches Benefited From Government Assistance

Examples of Arizona ranches with state land grazing leases that benefited from government assistance. These ranches hold leases administered by the Arizona State Land Department, but don’t have permits for public land grazing allotments administered by the federal government. These ranches also benefited from the State Land Department’s favorable treatment of grazing lessees.

Government Assistance Program Key
AWPFEQIPHPCHeritage FundLCCGPLFPLRPPFWPWQIG
AWPF - Arizona Water Protection Fund, AWPF Commission (state)
EQIP - Environmental Quality Incentives Program, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (federal)
The EQIP program absorbed the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) after 2014.
HPC - Habitat Partnership Committee, Arizona Game & Fish Commission (state)
Arizona Heritage Fund, Arizona Game & Fish Commission (state)
LCCGP - Livestock & Crop Conservation Program, Arizona Department of Agriculture (state)
Note: Open Space Reserve Grants became LCCGP Grants after 2002.
LFP - Livestock Forage Disaster Program, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (federal)
LRP - Landowner Relations Program, Arizona Game & Fish Department (state)
PFWP - Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (federal)
WQIG - Water Quality Improvement Grant, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (federal/state)
Note: These grants were previously called Section 319 nonpoint source (NPS) water pollution prevention grants.
Big Boquillas RanchCarlink RanchCataract RanchDate Creek RanchDavis RanchDouble U RanchDunton RanchNI RanchPerrin RanchQuarter Circle U RanchSan Jose RanchSierra Bonita RanchTen X RanchWarbonnet Ranch
Big Boquillas Ranch (Cholla Livestock, LLC) - State Sublease #05-000132
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2010HPC$29,230Tank Car Water Pipeline
2011-2020LFP$573,347
2011HPC #10-304$79,568Camp 16 Water Pipeline
2012HPC #11-304$25,000Dirt Tank Cleaning
2015EQIP$212,097
2016HPC #15-313$55,000Big Boquillas Ranch Waters
2017HPC #16-704$55,000Big Boquillas Ranch Waters
2018HPC #17-708$100,000Habitat Enhancement
2019HPC #18-703$100,000Big Boquillas Ranch Waters
2020HPC recurring$100,000Boquillas Ranch Improvements
2021HPC recurring$100,000Boquillas Ranch Improvements
$1,429,242TOTAL 2010 - 2020
The ranch is located between Seligman and the Grand Canyon. The ranch, which is also called the Diamond A Ranch, is owned by the Navajo Nation but leased and managed by Cholla Livestock LCC, which is managed by Harvey Dietrich, who is a board member of the Arizona Beef Council and was a founder of Sun Land Beef Co. (Harvey Dietrich passed away on December 24, 2020, in Phoenix from Covid-19.)
The Carlink Ranch is located in the lower San Pedro River Valley near the community of Redington. It’s owners, Bayless & Berkalew Co., include Stefanie Smallhouse, who is a member of the local Redington NRCD, a former Executive Director of the Arizona Association of Conservation Districts, a former Executive Director of the Arizona Water Protection Fund Commission, and the current President of the Arizona Farm Bureau.
Cataract Ranch (Cataract Natural Reserve Land, LLC) - State Lease #05-000216
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2018-2020LFP$308,726
$308,726TOTAL 2018 - 2020
The Cataract Ranch is located on the south side of the Grand Canyon, west of the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest. The conservation group Forest Guardians* applied to obtain the ranch’s state grazing lease when it came up for renewal in 1997. The State Land Department denied their competing application, but after some lengthy legal proceedings, it was accepted for consideration in June 2002. Forest Guardians, however, had to withdraw their lease application in August 2002 because it would have been too expensive to comply with the state’s requirement to purchase all of the ranch’s range improvements. In the meantime, the existing state lease holders, the Babbitt Brothers Trading Company, donated a conservation easement in January 2001 to the Nature Conservancy to prevent the subdivision of 34,480 acres of the ranch’s private land. Ownership of the ranch’s state grazing lease was eventually transferred to a newly-formed company called the Cataract Natural Reserve Land LLC, which shares at least one of its owners with Babbitt Ranches, LLC, which owns the massive nearby CO Bar Ranch .
*Forest Guardians became WildEarth Guardians when they merged with Sinapu, a Boulder Colorado environmental group in 2008.
Date Creek Ranch (Knight Family Trust) - State Lease #05-003320
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2011-2020EQIP$432,813
2011LCCGP #11-36$51,610Livestock Water Pipeline & Pump
2015-2020LFP$56,542
$540,965TOTAL 2011-2020
The Date Creek Ranch is located along Date Creek, northwest of Wickenburg, in Yavapai County. The ranch was previously managed by Phillip Knight, who passed away in 2007. It’s now managed by his daughter Kimberly Knight.
Davis Ranch (Davis Cattle Co. LLC) - State Lease #05-000238
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2005-2018EQIP$587,650
2007WQIG #9-001*$114,950Whitewater Draw Sediment Reduction Partnership
2015LFP109,497
2015-2019LFP$54,610
2016LCCGP #16-2748,458Grassland Restoration
2019AWPF #19-194$341,626Davis Cattle Co. Grassland Restoration
2019HPC #18-512$20,000Davis Ranch Aerial Mesquite Treatment
$1,276,791TOTAL 2005-2019
* WQIG #9-001 grant was shared among four ranches.
The Davis Ranch is located south of the Dragoon Mountains in the Whitewater Draw NRCD. The ranch's manager Fred Davis is a member, and the current chair, of the NRCD. He is also a former president of the Cochise-Graham Cattle Growers' Association.
Double U Ranch (Telles Enterprises, Inc.) - State Lease #05-000557
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2005WHIP$14,918
2006-2018EQIP$185,925
2007WQIG #9-001*$114,950Whitewater Draw Sediment Reduction Partnership
2011-2020LFP$107,540
2014HPC #13-502$6,872Antelope Springs Water Well
$430,205TOTAL 2005 - 2020
* WQIG #9-001 grant was shared among four ranches.
The Double U Ranch is located south of the Dragoon Mountains in the Whitewater Draw NRCD.
Dunton Ranch (Dunton Ranch LLP) - State Leases #05-11023, #05-1040422
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2014-2020EQIP$357,147
2015-2019LFP$84,202
2018LRP$2,500Black Tank Cleanout
$443,849TOTAL 2014 - 2020
The Dunton Ranch is located along Interstate 40 between Seligman and Kingman. Much of it is managed for cattle ranching. But the owners have exotic game species, including wild boar, bison, and yak on some of the ranch’s private land where they charge for private hunts.
NI Ranch (Ruth Evelyn Cowan) - State Lease #05-001851
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
1998AWPF #98-066$116,525Hay Mountain Watershed Rehab
2004-2019EQIP$669,759
2007WQIG #9-001*$114,950Whitewater Draw Sediment Reduction Partnership
2009-2019LFP$56,298
2013LCCGP #13-29$25,309Livestock Water Pipeline and Brush Management
2016LCCGP #16-18$50,000Gadwell Fence
$1,009,091TOTAL 1998-2019
* WQIG #9-001 grant was shared among four ranches.
The NI Ranch is located south of the Dragoon Mountains in Cochise County.
Perrin Ranch (Perrin Ranch LLC) - State Lease #05-001045
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2005-2013EQIP$121,325
2005LCCGP #05-64$91,200Grassland Restoration
2011LCCGP #11-41$45,537Livestock Water Storage Tank Lids
$258,062TOTAL 2005 - 2013
The Perrin Ranch is located west of State Route 64 north of I-40. The ranch’s owner Michael Macauley received the 2009 Arizona Farm Bureau Environmental Stewardship Award. He is a member, and past chair, of the Coconino NRCD and former president of the Coconino County Cattle Growers, as well as a former member of the Arizona Water Protection Fund Commission.
Quarter Circle U Ranch (Quarter Circle U Ranch LLC) - State Lease #05-000071
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2007-2018EQIP$117,207 
$117,207TOTAL 2007 - 2018
The Quarter Circle U Ranch is located in the Sonoran Desert along the southern border of the Tonto National Forest in the foothills of the Superstition Mountains. Since purchasing the ranch in 1977, manager Charles Backus has received the 1995 Arizona Rancher of the Year, the 2000 Arizona Conservation Rancher of the Year, and the 2019 the Gila County Cattle Growers Association Rancher of the Year awards, among others. He also owns the Quarter Circle U Ranch - North in Navajo County, which includes grazing allotments on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. (The Quarter Circle U Ranch LLC sold this desert ranch to Rafter D Cattle Co. in 2019.)
San Jose Ranch (San Jose Ranch, Inc.) - State Lease #05-097447
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2000WQIG #2-003$168,000Borderlands Storm Water Runoff Control
2005 - 2020EQIP$284,048
2014AWPF #14-185$198,625Horseshoe Draw Flood Control Study & Design
2016WQIG #18-002$993,880Horseshoe Draw Flood & Erosion Control
$1,644,553TOTAL 2000-2020
The San Jose Ranch is located along the Mexican border, east of the San Pedro River, in the Hereford NRCD. The ranch’s manager John W. Ladd is a member, and the current chair, of the NRCD.
Sierra Bonita Ranch (Sierra Bonita Ranch LLC) - State Lease #05-088157
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2010-2019EQIP$480,670
2011 - 2020LFP$655,970
2012-2013WHIP$92,754
2016HPC #15-506*$20,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection, Phase 1
2017HPC #16-505*$20,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection, Phase 2
2018HPC #17-508*$20,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection, Phase 3
$1,289,394TOTAL 2010-2020
* These projects were shared with neighboring ranches.
The Sierra Bonita Ranch is located about 25 miles northwest of Willcox, in the Sulphur Springs Valley, between the Galiuro and Pinaleño mountains.
Ten X Ranch (Gregg L. & Dee Anne Gibbons) - State Lease #05-000419
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2006-2011EQIP$295,426
2013LCCGP #13-04$30,000Jackwood Well, Solar Water Pump, Pipeline & Troughs
2016LCCGP #16-13$50,000Mesquite Tree Removal
2017HPC #16-517$4,800Water Enhancement
2019HPC #18-505$12,000Back Pasture Solar Water Well Pump
2019HPC #18-522*$20,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection, Phase 1
2020HPC #19-506*$20,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection, Phase 2
2021HPC #20-502*$23,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection, Phase 3
$455,226TOTAL 2006 - 2021
* These projects were shared with neighboring ranches.
The Ten X Ranch located in the southeast corner of Arizona, in the San Bernardino Valley.
Warbonnet Ranch (Warbonnet Ranch LLC) - State Lease #05-000535
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2008-2012EQIP$143,183
2009LCCGP #09-113$75,000Conservation
2011-2020LFP$249,903
2016HPC #15-507*$10,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection, Phase 1
2017HPC #16-504*$10,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection, Phase 2
2018HPC #17-509*$10,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection, Phase 3
$498,086TOTAL 2008-2020
* These projects were shared with neighboring ranches.
The Warbonnet Ranch is northwest of Willcox, on the west side of the Sulphur Springs Valley.

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CO Bar Ranch (Babbitt Ranches LLC) - Slate Mtn., Wild Bill & Moqui (FS), CO Bar (BLM) Allotments, State Lease #05-000252
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2005LCCGP #05-26$150,000Grassland Restoration
2007LCCGP #07-02$125,000Grassland Restoration
2007WHIP*$70,124
2009LCCGP #09-29$125,000Grassland Restoration
2009-2017PFWP$199,950
2011LCCGP #11-02$125,000Babbitt Lake Habitat Improvement
2013LRP$100,000Grassland Restoration (Cut Down Juniper Trees.)
2013HPC #12-202$40,000Grassland Restoration (Cut Down Juniper Trees.)
2018HPC #17-202$30,000Grassland Restoration In Cedar Wash Area (Cut Down Juniper Trees.)
2018-2020LFP$286,054
2021HPC #20-207**$50,000Pinyon Pine and Juniper Tree Removal
$1,301,128***TOTAL 2005 - 2021
* WHIP ended in 2013 and was absorbed by the EQIP program.
** This project was shared with an area on the nearby Kaibab National Forest.
*** This isn't the total amount of government assistance that benefited the ranch. According to a 2008 Arizona Game & Fish Department letter, they had previously spent more than $1.3 million on the ranch.

The enormous CO Bar Ranch is located between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, and runs from the Little Colorado River in the east to State Route 64 in the west. It is comprised primarily of private and state land, but includes the Coconino National Forest's Slate Mountain & Wild Bill grazing allotments in the south, and the Kaibab National Forest's Moqui grazing allotment in the north, along with the BLM's small CO Bar allotment, administered by their Hassayampa Field Office. The ranch uses scientifically discredited Holistic Resource Management (HRM) grazing management theories. HRM grazing plans are typified by high utilization rates, which can increase competition between cattle and wildlife for forage, and degrade watershed health and wildlife habitat - especially in dry ecosystems and during droughts. (Babbitt Ranches LLC also owns the Espee Ranch, located west of SR 64, which includes private land and state grazing lease #05-000822.)

Quarter Circle U Ranch - North (Quarter Circle U Ranch LLC) - Sponseller and Ortega Allotments
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2005LCCGP #05-05$26,729Livestock Water
2007LCCGP #07-03$77,600Grassland Restoration
2014EQIP$124,102
$228,431TOTAL 2005-2014

CO Bar Ranch (Babbitt Ranches LLC) - Slate Mtn., Wild Bill & Moqui (FS), CO Bar (BLM) Allotments, State Lease #05-000252
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2005LCCGP #05-26$150,000Grassland Restoration
2007LCCGP #07-02$125,000Grassland Restoration
2007WHIP*$70,124
2009LCCGP #09-29$125,000Grassland Restoration
2009-2017PFWP$199,950
2011LCCGP #11-02$125,000Babbitt Lake Habitat Improvement
2013LRP$100,000Grassland Restoration (Cut Down Juniper Trees.)
2013HPC #12-202$40,000Grassland Restoration (Cut Down Juniper Trees.)
2018HPC #17-202$30,000Grassland Restoration In Cedar Wash Area (Cut Down Juniper Trees.)
2018-2020LFP$286,054
2021HPC #20-207**$50,000Pinyon Pine and Juniper Tree Removal
$1,301,128***TOTAL 2005 - 2021
* WHIP ended in 2013 and was absorbed by the EQIP program.
** This project was shared with an area on the nearby Kaibab National Forest.
*** This isn't the total amount of government assistance that benefited the ranch. According to a 2008 Arizona Game & Fish Department letter, they had previously spent more than $1.3 million on the ranch.

The enormous CO Bar Ranch is located between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, and runs from the Little Colorado River in the east to State Route 64 in the west. It is comprised primarily of private and state land, but includes the Coconino National Forest's Slate Mountain & Wild Bill grazing allotments in the south, and the Kaibab National Forest's Moqui grazing allotment in the north, along with the BLM's small CO Bar allotment, administered by their Hassayampa Field Office. The ranch uses scientifically discredited Holistic Resource Management (HRM) grazing management theories. HRM grazing plans are typified by high utilization rates, which can increase competition between cattle and wildlife for forage, and degrade watershed health and wildlife habitat - especially in dry ecosystems and during droughts. (Babbitt Ranches LLC also owns the Espee Ranch, located west of SR 64, which includes private land and state grazing lease #05-000822.)

Quarter Circle U Ranch - North (Quarter Circle U Ranch LLC) - Sponseller and Ortega Allotments
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2005LCCGP #05-05$26,729Livestock Water
2007LCCGP #07-03$77,600Grassland Restoration
2014EQIP$124,102
$228,431TOTAL 2005-2014