Arizona State Land Ranches That 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
ALLBAWPFEQIPHPCHeritage FundLCCGPLFPLRPPFWPWQIG
AALB - Arizona Livestock Loss Board, Arizona Livestock Loss Board (federal/state)
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 RanchCrossline RanchDate Creek RanchDavis RanchDouble U RanchDunton RanchMcFee RanchMoore RanchNI RanchPerrin 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 Improvements (Year 1 of 4 years of $100,00 per year.)
2020HPC #19-???$100,000Boquillas Ranch Improvements (Year 2 of 4 years of $100,00 per year.)
2021HPC #20-702$100,000Boquillas Ranch Improvements (Year 3 of 4 years of $100,00 per year.)
$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. In 2014 the Arizona Game & Fish Department completed a Public Access ranch agreement with the tribe that a created a permit system administered by Cholla Livestock LLC wherein hunters would be able to pay the company a fee to access the ranch lands, and the Department would enforce ranch rules and Arizona hunting regulations. In 2016 the agreement was renewed, but operation of the hunter permit system was taken over by Big Bo LLC, a new company owned by Cholla Livestock LLC. Harvey Dietrich, before he died in 2020, was the manager of Cholla Livestock LLC, and a board member of the Arizona Beef Council and a founder of Sun Land Beef Co.
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
2015Heritage Fund$200,000Public Access for 10 Years
2018-2020LFP$308,726
$508,726TOTAL 2015 - 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.
Crossline Ranch (George Geisler Jr.) - State Lease #05-000458
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2006-2009EQIP$16,300Catron County, New Mexico
2011-2020LFP$51,934Catron County, New Mexico
2011-2020LFP$53,740
2012-2020EQIP$377,978
$499,952TOTAL 2006-2020
The Crossline Ranch is located northeast of Springerville against the state line. There’s an adjacent portion of the ranch in New Mexico that includes a New Mexico BLM grazing allotment.
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. 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.
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$20,000Aerial Application of Herbicide to Kill Mesquite Trees
$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
2011Heritage Fund$20,000Public Access for 5 Years
2011-2020LFP$107,540
2014HPC #13-502$6,872Antelope Springs Water Well
$450,205TOTAL 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.
McFee Ranch (Kevin B. McFee) - State Lease #05-116275
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2013-2019EQIP$323,585
2015WQIG #15-005*$322,822Erosion Reduction Measures
2015-2019LFP$29,597
$676,004TOTAL 2013-2019
* This grant was shared with five neighboring ranches.
The McFee Ranch is located north of Springerville in Apache County.
Moore Ranch (Fred & Sylvia Moore) - State Lease #05-000887
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2014-2015LFP$24,041
2015WQIG #15-005*$322,822Erosion Reduction Measures
2015-2019EQIP$342,948
$689,811TOTAL 2014-2019
* This grant was shared with five neighboring ranches.
The Moore Ranch is located northeast of Springerville in Apache County.
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.
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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