Kaibab National Forest Ranches

Ranches that are permitted to use grazing allotments administered by the Kaibab 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
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)
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.
55 RanchCO Bar RanchGrand Canyon RanchMcNelly Ranches
55 Ranch (55 Ranch, LLC) - Double A and Corva Allotments
$694,897TOTAL 2011 - 2022
CO Bar Ranch (Babbitt Ranches LLC) - Slate Mtn. & Wild Bill (Coconino NF), Moqui (Kaibab NF) & CO Bar (BLM) Allotments, State Lease #05-000252
2005LCCGP #05-26$150,000Grassland Restoration
2007LCCGP #07-02$125,000Grassland Restoration
2009LCCGP #09-29$125,000Grassland 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
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
$2,427,838TOTAL 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 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.)
Grand Canyon Ranch (Territorial Livestock & Cattle Co., LLC) - Ryan (FS), Gramma Spring, Gulch, Hacks & Kanab Gulch (BLM) Allotments, State Lease #05-000667
2017HPC #16-205$100,000Pinyon Pine & Juniper Tree Removal
2022LFP$5,823(David O. Johnson)
$572,872TOTAL 2007 - 2022
McNelly Ranches (McNelly Ranches, LLC) - Davenport Lake, Ebert, Homestead & Sitgreaves Allotments, State Leases #05-083853, #05-000169
2005LCCGP #05-69$39,000Livestock Water
$1,419,856TOTAL 2004 - 2022

This page was last updated on Mar 30, 2023 @ 9:50 am.

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