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Adopt-A-Ranch Program
 

In 1992 the Arizona Game and Fish Department initiated a new program called Adopt-A-Ranch. The idea for this program was patterned after the Department of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway Program. Nearly 30 Adopt-A-Ranch projects are completed every year to help maintain access on about 2 million acres of land.

Under the Adopt-A-Ranch Program, groups of interested public (e.g., sportsman groups, boy scouts, 4-wheeling clubs) "adopt" a ranch with the idea of working directly with the landowners and the Arizona Game and Fish Department to mitigate problems associated with public recreational access. The volunteer group visits the ranch one or two times a year to perform regular maintenance, such as rebuilding fence, hanging gates, picking up litter, or helping with various ranch improvement projects.

In the Adopt-A-Ranch Program, we maintain two lists: One of ranchers and landowners who are interested in allowing their ranches to be adopted; and the other of organized groups desiring to adopt a ranch. Through the Adopt-A-Ranch Program, the Game and Fish Department links the landowner/lessee with sportsman group(s), thereby establishing a mutually beneficial relationship.

List of current participants in Adopt-A-Ranch Program [PDF, 17kb].

How to get involved
If you are a landowner/lessee and think you may be interested in participating in our Adopt-A-Ranch Program, please complete the Landowner/lessee sign up [PDF, 10kb].

If your group/club may be interested in volunteering for our Adopt-A-Ranch Program, please complete the Volunteer group sign up [PDF, 11kb].

If you are simply an individual who would like to help out on existing Adopt-A-Ranch projects, find projects listed at Volunteer Opportunities.

Additional Information
- Landowner/lessee sign up [PDF, 10kb]
- Volunteer group sign up [PDF, 11kb]

Contact Information
For additional information or questions, please contact Troy Christensen, Access Program Coordinator at 623-236-7492 or tchristensen@azgfd.gov

 
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