Arizona Game & Fish Department Is In The Ranching Business

The Arizona Game & Fish Department is involved in the business of cattle ranching on public land, despite the fact its only legal purpose is to administer the “laws of the state relating to wildlife.” The agency’s management of the Horseshoe Ranch, which it acquired in 2011, is the prime example. It’s the only one …

Arizona Legislature Defied Voters To Change The Heritage Fund

Arizona voters approved Proposition 200 in 1990 with the belief that it would annually divert up to $20 million of Arizona State Lottery revenue to create and maintain two natural Heritage Funds, one administered by the State Parks Board, the other by the Game & Fish Commission. But since then, the Arizona Legislature has made …

Public Land Grazing Was Increased During Ongoing Megadrought

Government agencies have quietly distributed large subsidies that increased livestock grazing on public land in the Desert Southwest during the ongoing long-term megadrought.

Arizona Legislature Diverted Prop. 303 Money To Ranchers

Arizona voters passed Proposition 303 in 1998 to fund the Growing Smarter Act with the belief that it would provide $20 million a year for communities and nonprofits to buy state land to preserve it as natural open space. But very few of the voters knew that the Arizona Legislature had secretly included a clause …

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