What are Arizona State Trust Lands and who manages them?
A search of the internet reveals the following:
“The Natural Resources Division administers all natural resource-related leases, Conservation Districts and any natural resource issue affecting State Trust Land. Leasing categories include grazing, agriculture, mineral, mineral material, exploration, and apiary. Other administrative areas include water sales, mineral material sales, water rights administration, dam safety, trespass, recreational permits, environmental contamination, and cultural resources.”
Additionally, “Trust Land is land held in trust for the benefit of the public schools and 13 other public institutions. (See Trust Beneficiaries) Trust Land predates statehood but is now managed by the State Land Department under the provisions of the federal Enabling Act provided for Arizona’s Statehood in 1912. In FY 2008 the Arizona State Land Department collected $326 million in revenues for use of Trust Land.”
Continued reading reveals, “Arizona Trust Land is land managed by the State Land Department Trust Land is not public land!”
Thankfully as you progress through their website there are some encouraging words:
A recreation permit is required to camp, hike or travel on Trust Land that is designated as open for recreation.
|Exploring an old Mining Camp on AZ Trust Lands|
Recreational camping is limited to no more than 14 days per year. A campsite must be at least ¼ mile from any livestock or wildlife water catchments, tanks, drinkers, etc. Abandoned campsites are to be left clean.
Your recreation permit allows you to enjoy non-consumptive recreational activities including: hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, picnics, photography, bird watching, sightseeing, camping (limited to 14 days per year), and limited off highway vehicle use (restricted to designated roads and trails), for non-commercial and non-competitive purposes. An example of a Trust Lands hike can be viewed here.
|Pretty Serious Warning|
Knowing what agency administers the area where you plan to camp and the related guidelines is a key essential of boondocking. I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy the State Trust Lands of Arizona on your next outing.