superstition mountains

The Superstition Mountains outside the Phoenix metro area, as seen from one of the largest parcels of state trust lands held in the western U.S.

The Verde Land & Water Planning Toolbox that focuses on state trust land management is intended to explore some potential strategies for achieving watershed protection on state trust lands in ways that are consistent with the fiduciary obligations of trust managers. The information featured in this Toolbox may also be useful for stakeholders concerned about the future of state trust lands in the Verde watershed, particularly those lands that may be critical to ensuring water security as well as the long-term health of the Verde River.

The tools and strategies discussed in this Toolbox range from traditional activities associated with state trust land management, such as sales, leasing structures, and the disposition (sales) planning process, to more innovative practices involving participation in ecosystem service market activities and conservation leasing.

To learn more about these tools and strategies, select from the categories below:

Another resource for watershed protection strategies that align with the fiduciary mandate for managing state trust lands can be found in “Conserving State Trust Lands: Strategies for the Intermountain West.” 

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