On March 12, 2019, President Trump signed the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (Public Law 116-9). This act will have an impact on public lands across the State of Arizona. BLM Arizona has been actively involved in implementation of the law. BLM Arizona has been working with local communities, counties, and the State of Arizona to implement the new land conveyances as well as the Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area, which help protect recreation opportunities, access on public lands, and helps to consolidate federal and state lands.

Stay tuned for more details! 

Land Exchanges And Conveyances

National Heritage Areas

  • Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area, Arizona

    • National Heritage Areas (NHA) are designated by Congress as a place where natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources combine to form nationally distinctive landscapes. There are 55 NHAs in 34 states (as of March 2019). Located in southeastern Arizona, Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area is a natural and cultural landscape shaped by generations of people from diverse cultural origins. 

    • Telling America’s story - Visitors to the Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area enjoy outdoor recreation, bird-watching, astronomy, heritage site tours, and local wineries and heritage foods. The area appeals to travelers of all ages seeking a respite from bustling city life.

      It includes attractions like the BLM's Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, and Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, which parallels the Santa Cruz River. Other attractions include: Catalina State Park, Saguaro National Park, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tubac artist colony, Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, Tumacácori National Historical Park, Historic Canoa Ranch, Wild Chile Botanical Area, Patagonia Lake State Park, Madera Canyon and the Santa Rita Mountains, and San Rafael State Park and Natural Area.