Coconino National Forest Ranches

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.)

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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.
Bar T Bar RanchCO Bar RanchFlying M RanchH4 RanchManterola Sheep RanchesM Diamond RanchOX & Little Horse RanchesSeven HL RanchShiew RanchV7 RanchV Bar V RanchWindmill Mtn. Ranch
Bar T Bar Ranch (Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc.) - Bar T Bar (FS) and Flying Butte (BLM) Allotments, State Leases #05-001339, #05-000305
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
1999EWP$79,558Paid to Take Cattle Off the Land During Drought
2005LRP*$285,000Juniper Tree Removal
2005LCCGP #05-81$150,000Grassland Restoration & Livestock Water
2005-2011WHIP$36,937
2005-2021EQIP$790,011
2006-2013WHIP*$176,981
2007-2008EQIP*$449,995
2010HPC #09-201$15,000Cleanout Dirt Tanks
2011-2021LFP$1,085,897
2011HPC #10-203$24,000Prescribed Burns To Kill Juniper Trees
2012-2018PFWP$200,661
2014HPC #13-204$32,000Cut Down Juniper Trees
2015HPC #14-214$5,349Water Drinker Replacements
2017HPC #16-211$31,920Cut Down Juniper Trees
2022LFP$117,875
$3,481,121TOTAL 1999 - 2022
* This was shared with the Flying M Ranch, the other member of the Diablo Trust.
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 has used 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.
CO Bar Ranch (Babbitt Ranches LLC) - Slate Mtn. & Wild Bill (Coconino NF), Moqui (Kaibab NF) & 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
2009-2017PFWP$199,950
2009LCCGP #09-29$125,000Grassland Restoration
2009HPC #08-203$50,000Grassland Restoration
2010Heritage Fund$50,000 Public Access to CO Bar, Espee, and Cataract Ranches
2011LCCGP #11-02$125,000Cut Down Juniper Trees & Dirt Tank Cleanouts
2013LRP$100,000Remove Pinyon Pine and Juniper Trees
2013HPC #12-202$40,000Remove Pinyon Pine and Juniper Trees
2015Heritage Fund$800,000Public Access for 10 Years to CO Bar & Espee Ranches
2018HPC #17-202$30,000Remove Pinyon Pine and Juniper Trees
2018-2021LFP$382,764
2021Heritage Fund$160,000Remove Pinyon Pine and Juniper Trees
2021HPC #20-207**$50,000Remove Pinyon Pine and Juniper Trees
2022Heritage Fund$20,000Remove Pinyon Pine and Juniper Trees
$2,477,838TOTAL 2005 - 2022
* WHIP ended in 2013 and was absorbed by the EQIP program.
** 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 has used 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.)
Flying M Ranch (Flying M Ranch LLLP) - Anderson Springs Allotment, State Lease #05-001065
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2005LRP*$285,000Juniper Tree Removal
2006-2007WHIP$26,145
2006-2013WHIP*$176,981
2007-2008EQIP*$449,995
2011-2021LFP$946,105
2012-2013PFWP$65,000
2013-2018EQIP$293,776
2015HPC #14-236$20,000Cut Down Pinyon Pine & Juniper Trees
2016HPC #15-211$28,800Cut Down Pinyon Pine & Juniper Trees
2017HPC #16-203$44,450Cut Down Pinyon Pine & Juniper Trees
2018HPC #17-203$60,000Cut Down Pinyon Pine & Juniper Trees
2022LFP$85,722
$2,481,974TOTAL 2005 - 2022
* This was shared with the Bar T Bar Ranch, the other member of the Diablo Trust.
WHIP ended in 2013 and was absorbed by the EQIP program.

The ranch has used 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.
H4 Ranch (William F. & Lori Brown) - H4 & Hardscrabble Allotments (Tonto NF), Mud Springs Allotment (Coconino NF)
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
1999EWP*$9,408Paid to Take Cattle Off the Land During Drought
2002OSR #14**$77,350
2005-2015EQIP*$327,947
2005LCCGP #05-17*$125,000Livestock Water & Fencing
2007LCCGP #07-09*$100,000Livestock Water & Fencing
2009LCCGP #09-17*$75,000H-4 Ranch and Brunson Field Farming Projects
2015#HPC #14-610$4,500Dirt Tank Cleanouts
2016#HPC #15-603$10,000Kill Juniper Trees on 100 Acres
2016#HPC #15-604$25,000Construct 7 New Dirt Tanks
2016#HPC #15-605$20,000Repair 8 Existing Dirt Tanks
2016HPC #15-608$20,000Solar Powered Water Well
2017-2020EQIP$41,305
2017LRP$5,000Solar Water Well Pump & Water Pipeline Extension
2018HPC #17-613$7,600Goldtooth Smiths Spring Development
2018-2021LFP$69,067
2021HPC #20-605$110,000Rebuild Livestock Waters Burned in the 2020 Bush Fire
2023EQIP$14,090
$1,041,267TOTAL 1999 - 2023
OSR grants became LCCGP grants in 2005
* This assistance was received by the previous owner James R. Brown, who died in 2016. William Brown is his son.
Joe Manterola Sheep Ranches (Manterola Sheep Company Inc.) - Mooney Mtn. & Woody Mtn. (Coconino NF), Garland Prairie & Pomeroy Allotments (Kaibab NF), Cordes (BLM) Allotments, State Lease #05-001225
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
1999EWP$79,108Paid to Take Sheep Off the Land During Drought - Coconino County
1999EWP$11,085Paid to Take Sheep Off the Land During Drought -Pinal County
2004-2007EQIP$7,804Coconino County
2012-2020LFP$12,679Pinal County
2011-2021LFP$999,240Coconino County
2022LFP$49,823Coconino County
$1,159,739TOTAL 1999 - 2022
The state grazing lease is located in Pinal County.
The Cordes allotment is located within the BLM’s Agua Fria National Monument.
M Diamond Ranch (M Diamond Management Co. LLC) - Buckhorn Allotment
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2002Heritage Fund$31,300West Clear Creek Riparian Fence
2004WQIG #5-012$119,100Livestock Fences & Waters
2004HPC #03-2-040$29,850Remove Pinyon Pine & Juniper Trees
2004HPC #03-2-041$29,850Remove Pinyon Pine & Juniper Trees
2005WQIG #6-019$224,177 Livestock Fence, Remove Juniper Trees
2005LCCGP #05-63$75,000Grassland Restoration & Erosion Control
2007LCCGP #07-58$26,100Fencing
2008HPC #07-216$16,000Remove Pinyon Pine & Juniper Trees, Install Cattle Guards
2010-2011EQIP$92,366
2011-2021LFP$165,690
2018HPC #17-204$20,000Livestock Water Enhancement
2018WQIG #20-006$71,364Clean Stock Tanks, Remove Juniper Trees
2022LFP$26,537
$927,334TOTAL 2002 - 2022
OX & Little Horse Ranches (Little Horse Ranch LLLP) - Grantham Bros. Lease (BLM) & Casner Park/Kelly Seep (FS) Allotments, State Lease #05-000111
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2005-2017EQIP$485,143
2009LCCGP #09-66$100,000Range Improvement Progam
2011-2020LFP$656,118
2011LCCGP #11-39$125,000Range Improvement Program
2022LFP$66,839
$1,433,100TOTAL 2005 - 2022
In 2021 the grazing permit for the Coconino National Forest's Casner Park/Kelly Seep allotment, permitted to the Little Horse Ranch, was transferred to the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
Seven HL Ranch (Seven HL Wright Cattle Co., LLC) - Windmill Allotment
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2011LFP*$39,141
2020-2021LFP$82,325
2022LFP$51,733
$173,199TOTAL 2011 - 2022
* Received by the ranch’s previous owner, the Morrison Bros. Windmill Ranch, LLC.
Shiew Winter Ranch (Jim & Duree Shiew) - Christopherson (BLM) Allotment, State Lease #05-001111
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
1999EWP$29,260Paid to Take Cattle Off the Land During Drought - Coconino County
2011-2021LFP$100,912Maricopa County
2011-2022LFP$445,897Coconino County
2015-2019EQIP$271,905Coconino County
$847,974TOTAL 1999 -2022
The Shiews' winter ranch, and the BLM Christopherson allotment, are located in Maricopa County. The Shiews were also the previous permittees for the Coconino National Forest's Youngs Canyon & Deep Lake allotments, which were used in the summer, and are located in Coconino County.
V7 Ranch (Logan & Arletta Hefner) - China Dam & Coyote (Prescott NF), Maxwell Springs & Crater (Coconino NF) Allotments, State Lease #05-100744
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2011-2022LFP$346,855Coconino County
2015-2022LFP$239,495Yavapai County
$585,350TOTAL 2011- 2022
The V7 ranch is located near Chino Valley in Yavapai County. The permittees hold grazing permits in the nearby Prescott National Forest’s Chino Valley Ranger District, but also in the Coconino National Forest’s Flagstaff Ranger Disrict.
V Bar V Ranch (U of A College of Agriculture & Life Sciences) - Walker Basin Allotment
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2007LCCGP #07-06$75,000Water Development
2009LCCGP #09-05$50,000Water Development
2014HPC #13-203$50,000Remove Juniper Trees
$175,000TOTAL 2007 - 2014
Windmill Mtn. Ranch (Windmill Mountain Ranch LLC) - Windmill West Allotment, State Lease #05-036853
YEARSPROGRAMAMOUNTPROJECT NAME
2011-2021LFP$348,164
2022LFP$55,131
$403,295TOTAL 2011 - 2022
Note: Ranch ownership often changes in Arizona, because much of the state is too hot and dry for most operations to be sustainably profitable. The ranch owners shown in the tables above are updated when information about a new owner is acquired, but the government assistance that benefited the previous owners is maintained.
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 Jan 22, 2024 @ 6:43 am.

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