Ranches that are permitted to use grazing allotments administered by the Coconino National Forest and have benefited from government assistance. (Additional ranches are added to this list as information becomes available.)
Visit the Arizona Public Land Ranches Home Page for information about ranches in other regions of the state.
Government Assistance For Ranchers Program Key
The EQIP program absorbed the NRCS Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) after 2014.
The Arizona EWP Drought Program was discontinued in 2001 after a critical audit.
Note: Open Space Reserve Grants became LCCGP Grants after 2002.
Note: These grants were previously called Section 319 nonpoint source (NPS) water pollution prevention grants.
|1999||EWP||$79,558||Paid to Take Cattle Off the Land During Drought|
|2005||LRP*||$285,000||Juniper Tree Removal|
|2005||LCCGP #05-81||$150,000||Grassland Restoration & Livestock Water|
|2011||HPC #10-203||$24,000||Prescribed Burns To Kill Juniper Trees|
|2014||HPC #13-204||$32,000||Cut Down Juniper Trees|
|2015||HPC #14-214||$5,349||Water Drinker Replacements|
|2017||HPC #16-211||$31,920||Cut Down Juniper Trees|
|$3,466,121||TOTAL 1999 - 2022|
WHIP was absorbed by the EQIP program after 2013.
In 2012 Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc., purchased the Black Rock Ranch for $1,228,920. It included the BLM Flying Butte allotment and state lease #05-000305. Ranch manager Bob Prosser is a former president of the Arizona Cattle Growers' Association.The ranch uses scientifically discredited Holistic Resource Management (HRM) intensive grazing 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.
|2005||LCCGP #05-26||$150,000||Grassland Restoration|
|2007||LCCGP #07-02||$125,000||Grassland Restoration|
|2009||LCCGP #09-29||$125,000||Grassland Restoration|
|2010||Heritage Fund||$50,000||Public Access to CO Bar, Espee, and Cataract Ranches|
|2011||LCCGP #11-02||$125,000||Cut Down Juniper Trees & Dirt Tank Cleanouts|
|2013||LRP||$100,000||Remove Pinyon Pine and Juniper Trees|
|2013||HPC #12-202||$40,000||Remove Pinyon Pine and Juniper Trees|
|2015||Heritage Fund||$800,000||Public Access for 10 Years to CO Bar & Espee Ranches|
|2018||HPC #17-202||$30,000||Remove Pinyon Pine and Juniper Trees|
|2021||Heritage Fund||$160,000||Remove Pinyon Pine and Juniper Trees|
|2021||HPC #20-207**||$50,000||Remove Pinyon Pine and Juniper Trees|
|2022||Heritage Fund||$20,000||Remove Pinyon Pine and Juniper Trees|
|$2,427,838||TOTAL 2005 - 2022|
** This project was shared with Hat grazing allotment on the nearby Kaibab National Forest.
This isn't all of the 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) intensive grazing 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.)
|2005||LRP*||$285,000||Juniper Tree Removal|
|2015||HPC #14-236||$20,000||Cut Down Pinyon Pine & Juniper Trees|
|2016||HPC #15-211||$28,800||Cut Down Pinyon Pine & Juniper Trees|
|2017||HPC #16-203||$44,450||Cut Down Pinyon Pine & Juniper Trees|
|2018||HPC #17-203||$60,000||Cut Down Pinyon Pine & Juniper Trees|
|$2,481,974||TOTAL 2005 - 2022|
WHIP ended in 2013 and was absorbed by the EQIP program.
The ranch uses scientifically discredited Holistic Resource Management (HRM) intensive grazing 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.
|1999||EWP||$9,408||Paid to Take Cattle Off the Land During Drought|
|2005||LCCGP #05-17*||$125,000||Livestock Water & Fencing|
|2007||LCCGP #07-09*||$100,000||Livestock Water & Fencing|
|2009||LCCGP #09-17*||$75,000||H-4 Ranch and Brunson Field Farming Projects|
|2016||#HPC #15-603||$10,000||Kill Juniper Trees on 100 Acres|
|2016||#HPC #15-604||$25,000||Construct 7 New Dirt Tanks|
|2016||#HPC #15-605||$20,000||Repair 8 Existing Dirt Tanks|
|2016||HPC #15-608||$20,000||Solar Powered Water Well|
|2017||LRP||$5,000||Solar Water Well Pump & Water Pipeline Extension|
|2018||HPC #17-613||$7,600||Goldtooth Smiths Spring Development|
|2021||HPC #20-605||$110,000||Rebuild Livestock Waters Burned in the 2020 Bush Fire|
|$1,022,677||TOTAL 1999 - 2021|
* This assistance was received by the previous owner James R. Brown, who died in 2016. William Brown is his son.
|1999||EWP||$79,108||Paid to Take Sheep Off the Land During Drought - Coconino County|
|1999||EWP||$11,085||Paid to Take Sheep Off the Land During Drought -Pinal County|
|$1,159,739||TOTAL 1999 - 2022|
The Cordes allotment is located within the BLM’s Agua Fria National Monument.
|2002||Heritage Fund||$31,300||West Clear Creek Riparian Fence|
|2004||WQIG #5-012||$119,100||Livestock Fences & Waters|
|2004||HPC #03-2-040||$29,850||Remove Pinyon Pine & Juniper Trees|
|2004||HPC #03-2-041||$29,850||Remove Pinyon Pine & Juniper Trees|
|2005||WQIG #6-019||$224,177||Livestock Fence, Remove Juniper Trees|
|2005||LCCGP #05-63||$75,000||Grassland Restoration & Erosion Control|
|2018||HPC #17-204||$20,000||Livestock Water Enhancement|
|2018||WQIG #20-006||$71,364||Clean Stock Tanks, Remove Juniper Trees|
|$911,334||TOTAL 2002 - 2022|
|2009||LCCGP #09-66||$100,000||Range Improvement Progam|
|2011||LCCGP #11-39||$125,000||Range Improvement Program|
|$1,433,100||TOTAL 2005 - 2022|
|$173,199||TOTAL 2011 - 2022|
|$585,350||TOTAL 2011- 2022|
|2007||LCCGP #07-06||$75,000||Water Development|
|2009||LCCGP #09-05||$50,000||Water Development|
|2014||HPC #13-203||$50,000||Remove Juniper Trees|
|$175,000||TOTAL 2007 - 2014|
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