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Arizona Profile of State Programs and Policy Framework

Highlighted Local Programs

Arizona

Highlighted State Programs

Arizona

State Policy Framework

Arizona

Disclaimer

To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a single parcel, the acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the table below displays a dollar amount greater than $0 for a given year but shows 0 acres, the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year. As a result, a prolific program may show very low acreage figures on this page. To see customized program information please visit the map viewer tab or contact the Conservation Almanac Team.

Highlighted Local Programs

Local Conservation Programs Include:

    Coconino County, AZ

    Phoenix, AZ

    Pima County, AZ

    Scottsdale, AZ




Visit
LandVote.org for detailed information on these programs.

YearAcresDollars
2015 231.3 $110,000
2014 1,187.6 $7,055,021
2013 4,386.9 $40,655,320
2012 8,509.3 $79,906,349
2011 5,673.8 $71,477,072
2010 6,778.0 $68,758,006
2009 7,638.9 $44,487,174
2008 7,673.9 $158,405,705
2007 1,416.7 $72,308,436
2006 4,533.4 $38,501,531
2005 13,553.4 $36,996,827
2004 7,914.9 $31,292,975
2003 345.7 $24,325,618
2002 2,059.0 $44,823,162
2001 572.1 $21,663,094
2000 611.7 $28,098,964
1999 931.7 $48,064,993
1998 4,659.0 $95,605,840
Totals 78,677.3 $912,536,087

Highlighted State Programs

Arizona Growing Smarter State Trust Land Acquisition Grants Program

The Growing Smarter Act Grants Program conserves state trust lands in or around urban areas and other areas experiencing high growth pressures. The program was created in 1998 by voter approval as a part of the Growing Smarter Act. At that time voters authorized annual appropriations of $20 million to the Land Conservation Fund for eleven years (Proposition 303), beginning in 2001. Grants are awarded by the Arizona State Parks Board on a 50/50 matching basis to state agencies, political subdivisions, and non-profit organizations after a competitive application process. Beginning fiscal year 2012, only remaining monies in the Land Conservation Fund will be used for grant awards. No funding was received in FY 2012, 2013, or 2014.

Between 2003 and 2005 no grants were awarded although annual appropriations were still being deposited. In 2010 voters defeated a measure (Proposition 301) that would have transferred $123.5 million the Growing Smarter Grants Program to the general fund. The measure was introduced in order to help balance the state budget. There has not been another vote to extend appropriations beyond 2012. In FY 2014 $708,800 remained in the fund available for grants.

The Arizona Preserve Initiative was enacted in 1996 and uses some Growing Smarter grant funding to conserve select parcels of state trust land as open space that are located in and around urban areas. These parcels are petitioned for reclassification for conservation and subsequently leased or sold at public auction for that purpose.

YearAcresDollars
2015 185.9 $3,063,919
2014 3,051.2 $8,710,367
2013 3,460.0 $14,758,190
2012 477.8 $20,423,963
2011 2,482.2 $42,147,600
2010 2,000.0 $59,688,950
2009 398.9 $11,631,477
2008 320.0 $28,725,141
2007 0.0 $38,501,531
2003 90.0 $1,314,562
2002 0.0 $6,262,088
2001 181.0 $1,924,085
2000 1,306.0 $11,072,389
Total13,953.0 $248,224,263

Arizona Heritage Fund

Created by voter initiative in 1990 it is funded by lottery proceeds. The Arizona Heritage Fund supports natural areas and wildlife habitat conservation. The Heritage Fund may receive up to $10 million each year in lottery proceeds and funds are distributed to the Game and Fish Department to acquire property for wildlife areas, natural areas, public access, and habitat preservation. In addition to Heritage Funds, the Department may use a portion of tribal gaming revenue, internal funds, and state and federal grants to acquire land.

The Original Statute for the Arizona Heritage Fund included funding for the acquisition of land through the Game and Fish Department as well as through Arizona State Parks. However, on March 18, 2010 the Budget Reconciliation Bill HB2012 was signed into law, redirecting the Arizona State Parks portion of state lottery proceeds after February 1, 2010 through the end of the fiscal year to the state General Fund. The bill also repealed the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund and returned any monies remaining in the Fund on June 30, 2011 to the state General Fund. The Game and Fish Commission Heritage Fund continues to receive funding of $10 million each fiscal year.

YearAcresDollars
2011 198.8 $3,300,000
2009 219.8 $2,168,983
2008 241.4 $10,000,000
2007 262.1 $1,409,000
2006 10.0 $265,000
2004 57.3 $247,914
2001 2,245.0 $471,906
1999 21,131.0 $0
1998 56.0 $279,900
Total24,421.4 $18,142,703

Arizona Heritage Fund - Arizona Game and Fish Commission

The Arizona Game and Fish Department receives $10 million annually from the Arizona Heritage Fund. Funding is derived from lottery proceeds and intended to acquire property for wildlife areas, natural areas, public access, and habitat preservation. The Department may also use a portion of tribal gaming revenue, internal funds, and state and federal grants to acquire land.

YearAcresDollars
2014 31.5 $2,035,000
2012 993.7 $0
2008 1,246.0 $8,775,108
2007 1,329.8 $184,450
2006 873.8 $1,500,000
2004 2,628.5 $1,500,000
2003 0.5 $10,000
2002 302.3 $1,671,500
2000 1,137.0 $2,292,640
1999 1,713.0 $1,824,300
1998 659.0 $52,331
Total10,915.1 $19,845,329

Arizona State Parks

With funding from the Growing Smarter Program and the Land Conservation Fund, the Arizona State Parks Board awards grants on a 50/50 matching basis to state agencies, political subdivisions, and non-profit organizations after a competitive application process. Beginning in 2001, voters authorized annual appropriations of $20 million to the Land Conservation Fund for eleven years (Proposition 303). Since fiscal year 2012, only remaining monies in the Land Conservation Fund may be used for grant awards. No funding was received in FY 2012, 2013, or 2014.

Arizona State Parks originally received funding in part from the Arizona Heritage Fund. However, on March 18, 2010 the Budget Reconciliation Bill HB2012 was signed into law, redirecting the Arizona State Parks portion of state lottery proceeds after February 1, 2010 through the end of the fiscal year to the state General Fund. The bill also repealed the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund and returned any monies remaining in the Fund on June 30, 2011 to the state General Fund.

YearAcresDollars
2011 0.0 $17,297,810
Total0.0 $17,297,810

State Policy Framework

Substantial State Investment

Enable Local Financing

State Incentive for Local Land Conservation

Public-Private Partnerships

Conservation Tax Credits

Federal Partnerships

Some data was not provided on a yearly basis, but rather as an aggregate figure. In this case we have distributed total acres acquired and/or dollars spent evenly by year.