BLM To Acquire Ranch In Arizona’s Santa Teresa Mountains

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will acquire the ET Ranch with the goal of increasing access for hunters, hikers, and backpackers to the Santa Teresa Wilderness Area in Arizona. Critics say the deal is part of an effort to appease those who were disappointed with Secretary ​of the Interior, Ryan ​Zinke’s, failure to reduce the footprint of some monuments.

The acquisition of the 600 acre ranch is the culmination of the shared conservation partnership between the BLM, the Trust for Public Lands (TPL), the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) and the South Eastern Arizona Sportsman Club. The BLM purchased the land, which will now be off the tax rolls, from TPL using $480,000 from the Sportsman’s and Recreational Access component of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is generated from offshore oil and gas revenue.

This acquisition opens public access to the 5,800-acre BLM wilderness area, located northwest of Safford, Ariz​ona​, and the nearby 26,800-acre Santa Teresa Wilderness Area in the Coronado National Forest. Both areas are located in the Santa Teresa Mountains and offer great hunting, hiking and backpacking opportunities.

Funding for a public access easement was provided by AGFD, through their Landowner Relations Program, and the National Wild Turkey Federation. That easement is currently held by the South Eastern Arizona Sportsman Club.

6 Comments on "BLM To Acquire Ranch In Arizona’s Santa Teresa Mountains"

  1. The Oracle of Tucson | September 21, 2017 at 8:15 am |

    This action is great news for anyone who actually wants to utilize public lands verses saving them from afar as the extremist left would.
    Balance is the secret to proper management and access of public lands.

    The Oracle

  2. Brilliant move. Kudos to the State for helping to secure our heritage of enjoying the outdoors.

  3. Arizona, after all, has way too much private land and far too large a private property tax base and income tax base, and there is no way a path to access other BLM land could have been cut from the existing BLM land. Yes Sheldon, that is sarcasm.

  4. Just be aware that the BLM often does this when a mining operation wants to use that land. Just look at Oak Flats or Rosemont.

    • The Oracle of Tucson | September 22, 2017 at 2:33 am |

      Mike, I had to lol when I read your post, when I was a young man the BLM all to often stood for the Bureau of Logging and Mining…
      Sadly all to often only used as a federal conduit to transfer mineral wealth found on the public lands into private hands. A lot has changed in the last 50yrs, that or they are better at hiding in plan site.
      With AZ game and fish vested into the purchase I’m suspecting this is a “legitimate” win for the general public and all outdoor enthusiast.

      The Oracle

  5. i hope we reach a balance so those who live near some of these rural mining towns have access to affordable land for housing lets also grow in these areas in a planned and responsible way!

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