BLM Tucson Field Office Ranches

Ranches that are permitted to use grazing allotments administered by the Bureau of Land Management Tucson Field Office and have benefited from government assistance. (Additional ranches are added to this list as information becomes available.)

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Government Assistance For Ranchers Program Key
ALLBAWPFECPEQIPEWPHPCHeritage FundLCCGPLFPLOFFAPLRPPFWPWQIG
AALB - Arizona Livestock Loss Board, Arizona Livestock Loss Board (federal/state)
AWPF - Arizona Water Protection Fund, AWPF Commission (state)
ECP - Emergency Conservation Program, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (federal)
EQIP - Environmental Quality Incentives Program, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (federal)
The EQIP program absorbed the NRCS Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) after 2014.
EWP - Emergency Watershed Protection, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (federal)
The Arizona EWP Drought Program was discontinued in 2001 after a critical audit.
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)
LOFFAP - Livestock Operator Fire & Flood Assistance Program, Arizona Department of Agriculture (state)
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.
47 RanchA Diamond RanchAgua Dulce RanchAnvil RanchArivaca RanchBattle Axe RanchBrookline RanchClyne RanchChilton RanchCocoroque RanchDripping Springs RanchDubois RanchElkhorn RanchGoff RanchesJoseph A. Auza Sheep RanchesLEN RanchLucky Hills RanchMammoth Wash RanchMann RanchMiller RanchOrtega RanchRose Tree RanchSands RanchSanta Margarita RanchTable Mountain RanchTeacup RanchThree Brothers RanchVera Earl RanchZR Hereford Ranch
47 Ranch (Cross U Cattle Co. LLC) - 47 Ranch Allotment, State Lease #05-000322
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2006-2021EQIP$101,589
2007WQIG #9-001*$114,950Whitewater Draw Erosion Control Structures
2007LCCGP #07-68$113,142Erosion Control and Livestock Water
2011-2021LFP$312,576
2017Heritage Fund$50,000Public Access for 6 Years
2022LFP$46,848
$739,105TOTAL 2006 - 2022
* WQIG #9-001 grant was shared among four ranches.
A Diamond Ranch (G&H Land & Cattle Co.) - A Diamond Allotment, State Lease #05-003391
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2006-2014EQIP$200,178
2007LCCGP #07-29$61,320Fencing
2009LCCGP #09-39$43,534Enhanced Land Management Plan
2011-2021LFP$345,192
2012HPC #11-508$9,773Solar Livestock Water Pump
2022EQIP$78,998
2022LFP$18,813
$757,808TOTAL 2006 - 2022
The ranch’s current coordinated resource management plan (CRMP) was completed without any NEPA analysis in 2007.
G&H Land & Cattle Co. sold the A Diamond Ranch, with the associated state grazing lease, to ASARCO LLC in August 2019. G&H now subleases the ranch from ASARCO LLC.
In 2012 the Arizona Game & Fish Department (AGFD) bought the Triangle Bar Ranch on the west bank of the San Pedro River north of Mammoth to protect the riparian habitat on its private base property along the river. The purchase included an associated state grazing lease on the desert uplands, which they subleased to G&H Land & Cattle Co. in 2016. G&H then received another $9,103 in EQIP assistance, along with HPC grant #17-523 for $15,000 to implement a new livestock management plan on the Department’s state lease land.
Agua Dulce Ranch (Patrick N. Whillock, Maria M. Whillock & Seaa J. Whillock) - Agua Dulce & Blanco Wash Allotments, State Leases #05-000097 & #05-061424
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
1999EWP$7,224Paid to Take Cattle Off the Land During Drought
2000EWP$2,381Paid to Take Cattle Off the Land During Drought
2011-2013EQIP$78,964Patrick, Maria & Seaa
2018-2019EQIP$121,354Maria
2014-2022LFP$81,485
$103,654
$10,196
Patrick
Maria
Seaa
$405,258TOTAL 1999 - 2022
Patrick Whillock also owns the nearby Dobbs Butte Ranch, which holds state grazing lease #05-095253.
The Agua Dulce & Blanco Wash allotments are located in the Ironwood Forest National Monument.
Anvil Ranch (John F King & Son, Inc.) - Anvil Allotment, State Lease #05-000717
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
1998AWPF #97-041*$88,730Assessment of the Altar Valley watershed to justify projects to remediate historic overgrazing.
1999EWP$22,000Paid to Take Cattle Off the Land During Drought
2000EWP$67,476Paid to Take Cattle Off the Land During Drought
2005-2020EQIP$347,560
2005LCCGP #05-54$67,610Fencing
2008PFWP$5,100Erosion Control Structures
2011-2021LFP$398,085
2017HPC #16-516**$30,000New Dirt Tanks
2015Heritage Fund$170,000Public Access for 8 Years
2018HPC #17-524$4,000Dirt Tank Maintenance
2018WQIG #20-004***$220,200Mesquite Tree Removal
2022LFP$51,072
$1,471,833TOTAL 1998 - 2022
* This grant was shared with neighboring ranches.
** This grant was shared with the neighboring Santa Margarita Ranch.
*** This grant was shared with the neighboring Elkhorn and Santa Margarita ranches.
Arivaca Ranch (Arivaca Ranch, LLC) - Sardina (FS) & Arivaca (BLM) Allotments, State Lease #05-001776
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2016HPC #15-522$11,000Clean & Repair Five Dirt Tanks
2018-2021LFP$153,469
$164,4692016 - 2021
Battle Axe Ranch (Wade C. Lueck) - Battle Axe Allotment, State Lease #05-102690
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2011-2021LFP$110,611
2016-2021EQIP$259,288
2019AZSFWC*$6,276White Canyon Wilderness Water Development
2022LFP$71,114
$447,289TOTAL 2011 - 2022
*Arizona Sportsmen For Wildlife Conservation (AZSFWC) is a nonprofit organization that receives money from the Arizona Department of Transportation through sales of the group's vanity license plates.
The current coordinated resource management plan (CRMP) was completed without any NEPA analysis in 2012.
Brookline Ranch (Mike Hayhurst) - Babocomari Allotment, State Lease #05-003172
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
1999EWP$18,840Paid to Take Cattle Off the Land During Drought
2004-2005EQIP$65,284
2007-2008WHIP*34,202Aerial Spraying of Herbicide to Kill Brush
2010EQIP$32,400
$150,726TOTAL 1999 - 2010
* WHIP ended in 2013 and was absorbed by the EQIP program.
Mike Hayhurst died in May 2021. His family sold the Brookline Ranch to Raymond & Barbara Ford, et al., in early 2022.
This allotment is one of the four active grazing allotments in the BLM’s San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. The BLM made a cooperative range improvement agreement with the permittee in 2023 to help fund the construction of an SPRNCA boundary fence for the allotment.
Clyne Ranch (Susan S. Clyne Trust) - Coal Mine (FS) & Clyne (BLM) Allotments, Pima County Lease #11-64-C-142284-0809, State Lease #05-001350
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2002OSR #34*$4,531
2007-2015EQIP$51,356
2009LCCGP #09-24$54,283Livestock Water
2011-2015LFP$16,103
2011LCCGP #11-71$125,000Increase Forage Production
2014HPC #11-510**$18,000Southwest Whetstone Mountains Livestock Water - Phase 2
$269,273TOTAL 2002 - 2015
*Open Space Reserve (OSR) grants became LCCGP grants in 2005.
**HPC #11-510 was shared with a neighboring ranch.
Chilton Ranch (James K. Chilton, Jr) - Jarillas, Montana & Lake (FS), San Luis Mtn. (BLM) Allotments, State Lease #05-000243
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2005-2012EQIP$71,685
2011-2021LFP$522,922
$594,607TOTAL 2005 - 2021
Ranch manager Jim Chilton was named Rancher of the Year in 2003 by the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association. His wife Sue is a former Arizona Game & Fish Commissioner.
Cocoroque Ranch (Jesus Arvizu & Rhonda Robles) - Cocoroque Allotment, State Lease #05-001669
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2005-2014EQIP$190,633
2018-2021LFP$19,790
$210,423TOTAL 2005 - 2021
The Cocoroque allotment is located in the Ironwood Forest National Monument.
Dripping Springs Ranch (Dripping Springs Cattle Co. LLC) - Dripping Springs & Limestone Allotments, State Leases #05-001721 & #05-097353
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2015-2021LFP$59,650
2020EQIP$20,082
2022APWIAP*$226,560Rebuild Livestock Fences & Waters Burned in the 2021 Telegraph Fire
$306,292TOTAL 2015 - 2022
*Temporary program administered by the Arizona Dept. of Forestry & Fire Management.
Dubois Ranch (Ralph & Carol Dubois) - Indian Camp Allotment, State Lease #05-002532
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2014-2017EQIP$94,358
2015-2021LFP$45,061
2019HPC #18-507*$27,730Dirt Tank Cleanouts
2022LFP$16,046
$183,195TOTAL 2014 - 2022
* This grant was shared with other local ranches.
Elkhorn Ranch (Elkhorn Ranch, Inc.) - Elkhorn Allotment, State Lease #05-000380
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
1998AWPF #97-041*$88,730Assessment of the Altar Valley watershed to justify projects to remediate historic overgrazing.
2007Heritage Fund$15,000Public Access for 3 Years
2008PFWP$4,800Erosion Control Structures
2010HPC #09-513$17,130Water Development
2012Heritage Fund$60,000Public Access for 10 Years
2018WQIG #20-004**$220,200Mesquite Tree Removal
2019Heritage Fund$52,000Public Access for 6 Years
$457,860TOTAL 1998 - 2019
* This grant was shared with neighboring ranches.
** This grant was shared with the neighboring Anvil and Santa Margarita ranches.
Goff Ranches (Goff & Goff LTD PTSHP) - Samaniego, Canada del Oro, American Flag, Interocean & Finley Springs (FS) Cross Triangle & Tiger (BLM) Allotments, State Leases #05-001580, #05-094569, #05-001007, #05-000855 & #05-000200
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2005-2010EQIP$51,568
2011-2016LFP$490,875
2023APWIAP*$324,000Rebuild Livestock Fences & Waters Burned in the 2020 Bighorn Fire
$866,443TOTAL 2005 - 2023
Joseph A. & Tammy Auza Sheep Ranches (Joseph A. Auza Sheep Co., LLC) - Hat (Kaibab NF), Long Tom (A-S NF) & Sawtooth Mtn. (BLM) Allotments , State Leases #05-071224 & #05-000311
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2010-2012EQIP$275,042Pinal County
2012-2021LFP$795,740
2019HPC #18-212*$100,000Remove Juniper Trees
2021HPC #20-207**$50,000Remove Juniper Trees
2022LFP$122,812
$1,343,594TOTAL 2010 - 2022
The state grazing leases are located in Pinal County.
* Portions of this project were completed on neighboring Kaibab National Forest allotments, including the adjacent Irishman Dam grazing allotment.
** This project was shared with the Slate Mountain grazing allotment on the nearby Coconino National Forest.

The Sawtooth Mountain allotment is located in the BLM's Ironwood Forest National Monument.
LEN Ranch (Vince M. & Wyatt J. Ferreira) - LEN Allotment, State Lease #05-025958
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2015LRP$10,000Dirt Tank Bentonite Treatment
2016LRP$13,800Solar Powered Water Well & Pipeline
2017EQIP$7,340
2017HPC #16-629$58,000Water Developments
2017LRP$30,000Waters Developments
2018-2020LFP$50,645
$169,785TOTAL 2015 - 2020
The current owners acquired the ranch from Dos Vaqueros Volando, LLC, in 2014.
Lucky Hills Ranch (Mary Ann Black & George Jones) - Lucky Hills Allotment, State Lease #05-001501
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2015-2021LFP$12,788
2018-2020EQIP$137,358
2018HPC #17-529$21,000Livestock Water Pipeline & Kill Brush With Aerial Application of Herbicide
$171,146TOTAL 2015 - 2021
Mary Ann Black & George Jones sold the Lucky Hills Ranch to David Lance & Chelsea Clawson, owners of Clawson Land & Cattle LLC, in late 2020.
This allotment is one of the four active grazing allotments in the BLM’s San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.
Mammoth Wash Ranch (Vernon Ed Kile) - Tejon Pass & El Tiro Allotments, State Lease #05-099605
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
1999EWP$13,843Paid to Take Cattle Off the Land During Drought
2008-2020EQIP$158,944
2010HPC #09-515$16,000Water Pipeline - Phase 1
2011HPC #10-517$14,000Water Pipeline - Phase 2
2014-2021LFP$88,638
2015HPC #14-529$5,000Water Pipeline - Phase 3
2019HPC #18-518$7,150Water Developments - Phase 1
$303,575TOTAL 1999 - 2021
The Tejon Pass & El Tiro allotments are located in the Ironwood Forest National Monument.
Mann Ranch (Mann Ranch LLC) - Zapata & Massacre Allotments, State Leases #05-095004
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2014HPC #14-514$4,037Water Development
2015-2021LFP$29,754
2017-2021EQIP$274,455
2019HPC #18-507*$27,730Dirt Tank Cleanouts
2022EQIP$12,218
2022LFP$43,273
$391,467TOTAL 2014 - 2022
* This grant was shared with other local ranches.
A coordinated resource management plan (CRMP) was completed for the ranch in 2014.
Miller Ranch (El Quen LLC) - Q. Miller Allotment, State Lease #05-000903
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2018-2021LFP$4,045
2019-2021EQIP$451,078
2022EQIP$119,354
2022LFP$4,293
$578,770TOTAL 2018 - 2022
The Q. Miller grazing allotment is adjacent to the eastern border of the BLM’s San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. The BLM made cooperative range improvement agreements with the Q. Miller permittee in 2021 and 2023 to help fund the constructions of fences to keep the allotment’s cattle out of the SPRNCA.
Ortega Ranch (Pete & Stella Ortega) - El Capitan Allotment, State Lease #05-001001
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2018-2020LFP$7,255
2022EQIP$11,556
2023APWIAP$361,500Rebuild Livestock Fences & Waters Burned in the 2021 Telegraph Fire
$380,311TOTAL 2018 - 2023
*Temporary program administered by the Arizona Dept. of Forestry & Fire Management.
Rose Tree Ranch (Rose Tree Cattle Co. LLLP) - Rose Tree Allotment, State Lease #05-000138
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2007-2009EQIP$56,450
2007LCCGP #07-76$83,575Grassland Restoration, Livestock Water
2010HPC #09-501$22,556Chappo Betty Livestock Water Development
2012-2021LFP$58,242
2014HPC #13-511$4,846Abner Water Well Redevelopment
2014HPC #13-519*$10,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection
2015HPC #14-520*$10,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection
2016LCCGP #16-14$39,094Livestock Water
2018HPC #17-501$6,807Replace Schock Windmill With Solar Water Pump
2019HPC #18-523*$10,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection
2020HPC #19-509*$10,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection
2021HPC #20-511*$15,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection
2022APWIAP**$32,000Rebuild Livestock Fences & Waters Burned in the 2022 Elgin Bridge Fire
2022LFP$20,237
2023HPC #22-508$3,300Mustang Mountains Water Development
$382,107TOTAL 2007 - 2023
* These projects included some neighboring ranches.
**Temporary program administered by the Arizona Dept. of Forestry & Fire Management.

The Rose Tree Ranch's manager Leland "Bill" Brake was a member of the Arizona Game & Fish Commision, and involved in its Habitat Partnership Committee (HPC). He is also the current chair of the Arizona BLM's statewide Resource Advisory Council (RAC), and a former board member of the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association. Mr. Brake is also a co-owner of the Rafter Cross Ranch and Rockin Four Ranch in the Tonto National Forest.
The Rose Tree grazing allotment is located in the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.
Sands Ranch (LS Cattle Co. LLC) - Mescal (FS) and Sands (BLM) Allotments, State Lease #05-001181, Pima County Lease #22-64-S-141624-1208
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
1999EWP$44,615Paid to Take Cattle Off the Land During Drought
2011LCCGP #11-29$124,000Grassland Restoration, Livestock Water
2011-2014EQIP*$136,017
2012HPC #11-510*$18,000Southwest Whetstone Mountains Livestock Water - Phase 2
2015WQIG #15-001$86,163Brush Eradication
2014Heritage Fund$34,000Aerial Application of Herbicide to Kill Brush**
2015WQIG #16-002$98,109Brush Eradication & Livestock Water
2018WQIG #18-004$130,500Install Small Rock Erosion Control Structures
2018-2021LFP$110,618
2022LFP$91,496
$873,518TOTAL 1999 - 2022
Prior to 2012 the ranch was owned by Sands Properties LLC.
*HPC #11-510 was shared with a neighboring ranch.
** The Heritage Fund's FY 2015 Annual Report shows the Arizona Game & Fish Department contributed another $114,00 to this project from some other source.

The Vera Earl Ranch Inc. is a co-owner of the LS Cattle Co. LLC.
Santa Margarita Ranch (Santa Margarita Ranch, Inc.) - Three Peaks Allotment, State Leases #05-000047 & #05-000963
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
1998AWPF #97-041*$88,730 Assessment of the Altar Valley watershed to justify projects to remediate historic overgrazing.
2016Heritage Fund$100,000Public Access for 8 Years
2017HPC #16-516**$30,000New Dirt Tanks
2018WQIG #20-004***$220,200Mesquite Tree Removal
2018HPC #17-525$15,000Mesquite Tree Removal
2019HPC #18-521$50,000Mesquite Tree Removal
2020WQIG #19-0010$109,176Mesquite Tree Removal
2020Heritage Fund$25,000Mesquite Tree Removal
2021AZSFWC****$25,000Mesquite Tree Removal
2021HPC #20-510$12,000Mesquite Tree Removal
2023HPC #22-502****$90,000Kill Mesquite Trees
$765,106TOTAL 1998 - 2023
* This grant was shared with neighboring ranches.
** This assistance was shared with the neighboring Anvil Ranch.
*** This assistance was shared with the neighboring Anvil and Elkhorn ranches.

****Arizona Sportsmen For Wildlife Conservation (AZSFWC) is a nonprofit organization that receives money from the Arizona Department of Transportation through sales of the group's vanity license plates.
**** This grant was shared with three other ranches.
Table Mountain Ranch (Table Mountain Ranch LLLP) - Dry Camp Allotment, State Lease #000897
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2011-2019EQIP$175,639
2015-2020LFP$126,393
2018HPC #17-517$5,000Water Project
2019HPC #18-507*$27,730Dirt Tank Cleanouts
$334,762TOTAL 2011-2020
* This grant was shared with other local ranches.
Teacup Ranch (Rick L. Bader DBA Dobson & Bader Cattle Co.) - Teacup, Hackberry Wash & Whitlow Allotments, State Leases #05-001230, #05-001475 & #05-001441
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2010HPC #09-523$25,700Teacup - Tecolote Water Development
2010HPC #09-524$10,000Hackberry Wash Livestock Water
2011-2021LFP$738,483
2013EQIP$153,830
2022LFP$142,841
$1,070,854TOTAL 2010 - 2022
Mr. Bader also subleases the adjacent Box O Ranch, which includes the BLM’s Box O allotment.
Three Brothers Ranch (Wallace T. Coleman) - Three Brothers Allotment, State Lease #05-001336
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2011-2020LFP$63,064
2015-2017EQIP$22,257
2015WQIG #15-002$50,800Kill Brush With Aerial Application of Herbicide & New Livestock Fence*
2015HPC #14-528$6,014Dirt Tank Renovations
2022LFP$5,687 (True Ranch Beef LLC)
$147,822TOTAL 2011-2022
* New fence wasn't built due to a 2016 protest from Western Watersheds Project.
Wallace Coleman sold the Three Brothers Ranch to True Ranch Beef LLC in late 2020.
This allotment is one of the four active grazing allotments in the BLM’s San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.
Vera Earl Ranch (Vera Earl Ranch, Inc.) - Vera Earl, Empire-Cienega, Husband (BLM) & Gardner (FS) Allotments, State Subleases #05-001597 & #05-001678
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
1999AWPF #98-049*$58,500Empire/Cienega/Empirita Livestock Fences & Water
2005LCCGP #05-34*$37,612Livestock Water
2006-2008EQIP*$44,116
2010-2013EQIP$110,168
2011-2018PFWP106,656
2011-2021LFP$921,829
2014HPC #13-519**$10,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection
2015HPC #14-520**$10,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection
2019HPC #18-523**$10,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection
2019AZSFWC***$25,000Kill Mesquite Trees With Herbicide
2020HPC #19-509**$10,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection
2021HPC #20-511**$15,000Kill Coyotes for Pronghorn Fawn Protection
2022LFP$69,934
$1,428,815TOTAL 1999 - 2022
* This financial assistance was awarded to the Empire Ranch's previous owner, the Empire Ranch, LLC. The Vera Earl Ranch acquired the adjacent Empire Ranch in 2008. It included the Empire-Cienega allotment and its associated state sublease #05-001597.
** These projects included some neighboring ranches.
***Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation (AZSFWC) is a nonprofit organization that receives money from the Arizona Department of Transportation through sales of the group's vanity license plates.

The Vera Earl Ranch Inc. became a co-owner of the Sands Ranch in 2012. Then in 2016 they subleased the Four Spear Ranch, which includes the Husband allotment and state lease #05-001678.
The Empire-Cienega & Vera Earl grazing allotments are located in the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.
ZR Hereford Ranch (ZR Cattle Co. LLC) - Sheep Wash Allotment, State Least #05-026710
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
1999EWP$5,748Paid to Take Cattle Off the Land During Drought
2000EWP$15,734Paid to Take Cattle Off the Land During Drought
2006-2022EQIP$380,293
2011-2022LFP$187,675
2023HPC #22-513$40,448Apply Herbicide to Kill Brush and Construct New Water System
$629,898TOTAL 1999 - 2023
Background Information About Government Assistance Programs

Some of this financial assistance was justified as being primarily for the purpose of improving wildlife habitat or watershed health. But those projects also benefited livestock production on the ranches where they were implemented. Whatever improvements to local natural resource conditions that might have resulted were tempered by the increased livestock grazing they facilitated.

The assistance didn’t always go directly to the ranchers, but sometimes to local non-profit organizations that helped them complete application processes and minimize taxable income. This included the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance, Coronado Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc., Gila Watershed Partnership of Arizona, and the Upper Eagle Creek Watershed Association (UECWA).

Some of it also went to the local Natural Resource Conservation District (NRCD). Arizona’s NRCDs are regional subdivisions of the State Land Department, and are comprised only of local landowners, mostly ranchers, that work to obtain funding for agricultural “conservation” projects. They often work to obtain grants that directly benefit their members, including their governing supervisors. The local NRCDs also created the private nonprofit Arizona Association of Conservation Districts so they could apply for more types of assistance.

These aren't the only examples of Arizona ranches that benefited from government assistance. But it takes a lot of work to gather and compile this sort of information, because the agencies don't normally disclose it, so this web page will be updated as additional records are obtained. Also, the information provided about some of these ranches may be incomplete. But that just means those ranches benefited from at least the amounts shown.

This page was last updated on Sep 10, 2023 @ 7:38 am.

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