The Navajo County NRCD is located in the southern portion of Navajo County. The District ranges from pine forest on the higher southern end through grassland and pinion juniper woodland to desert shrub on the north.
Land ownership is a mix of federal (Forest Service and BLM), State and private lands. In some areas, land ownership is in a checkerboard pattern due to the granting of alternate sections of land to the railroad to encourage the initial construction of the transcontinental railroad across northern Arizona.
Although there is a limited amount of farming in the District, by far the majority of the land is used for livestock production, wildlife, and watershed. Outdoor recreation is also an important land use, especially in the southern portions of the District.
The Navajo District works with the Natural Resource Conservation Service to provide technical assistance and cost sharing for its cooperators to implement conservation practices on rangelands. The practices include prescribed grazing, fence and water development, brush control, and other measures designed to improve grazing management, watershed protection and wildlife habitat.
The District locally administered a grant offered to Arizona’s farmers and ranchers for conservation of fossil fuel agricultural production systems to renewable energy power. This program was made available in partnership with the AZ Dept. of Energy for the conservation of existing systems from gas, oil, diesel, and in some cases electric to the utilization of renewable energy available in the state and provided benefit in terms of energy savings, cost savings, better air quality and the creation of jobs in businesses related to the renewable energy and agricultural service industries.