The five Chevelon Canyon Ranches (Dye, Duran, Tillman, Wolfe, and Vincent) were acquired under Federal Aid Project W-88-L.
No overnight public camping.
Open to hunting in season, located in Unit 4A.
a) No open fires.
b) No firewood cutting or gathering.
c) No overnight public camping.
d) Motorized vehicle travel permitted on designated roads only, except as permitted by R 12-4-110(G).
Habitat of the area is predominately grassland meadow surrounded by pine. Grass species include gramma (Bouteloua spp.) and dropseed (Sporobolus spp.). Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) is the predominant tree.
In addition to the resident elk, turkey and deer for which the properties were acquired, a variety of nongame birds and other wildlife typical of forest and meadow environs inhabit the property.
Chevelon Ranches provide foraging areas for mule deer, elk, turkey; roosting, loafing and brood habitat for turkey; and calving and fawning areas for elk and mule deer. Abert's squirrel and numerous other small game and nongame species inhabit the area. The wildlife attracted to these habitats provide recreational opportunities for wildlife watching and hunting.
Sensitive species in the area include desert suckers, Little Colorado spinedace, speckled dace, northern goshawk and golden eagles, belted kingfishers, Mexican spotted owls and American pererine falcons. Also present are narrow-headed garter snakes, and fringed and Arizona myotis.
The management objectives and goals for all of the Chevelon Canyon Ranches is to maintain high quality, riparian, wet meadow, and upland habitat for the exclusive use of wildlife. All of the properties are surrounded by USFS lands, which are managed for multiple-use. All are within a federal grazing allotment, although Commission properties are excluded through fencing.
At a minimum the uniqueness of the properties dictates the necessity of excluding domestic livestock grazing. Other management options include controlling tree encroachment into meadows, enhancing meadow grasses by reseeding, fertilizing or irrigating meadows, and manipulating riparian areas to increase ground water.