Flood & Erosion Control
Prescribed Grazing Practices
Wildlife Habitat Management
Primary Resource Concerns
Soil Erosion & Flooding
Water Quality & Quantity
District Meeting information
Meetings are held quarterly on the third Wednesday of the month (January, April, July, and October).
The next meeting is scheduled for:
July 21st, 2021
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About the District
The Big Sandy NRCD was established on June 27, 1945. Since its inception, the District's role has been to assist landowners, primarily farmer and ranchers, with natural resource conservation measures in partnership with various local, state, and federal agencies. With the past and current growth trend in the District and the development of urban communities, the NRCD is leading with a commitment to encourage conservation habits to all communities and all individuals.
Mohave County is primarily desert with 158 square miles of the county covered in water and over 1,000 miles of shoreline, primarily along the Colorado River. Mohave Valley and the neighboring communities of Laughlin, Nevada; Fort Mohave, Arizona; Bullhead City, Arizona; and Needles, California, make up what is referred to as the "Tri-State Area." A vast area in these communities (~14,000 acres) supports agricultural production, mainly cotton and hay, which is a major industry of Mohave County. The BLM administers the largest amount of land in the NRCD with 2,602,765 acres under its jurisdiction. There are 78 grazing allotments in the NRCD, operated by 59 permittees. All grazing practices in the NRCD seek to maintain the integrity of riparian areas in grazing lands, preserve threatened and endangered species, and limit soil erosion.
Several wilderness areas, national parks, conservation areas, state parks, and regional parks make up the topography of the Big Sandy NRCD. For example, nearly 10% of the NRCD is comprised of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The District's landscape provides for many opportunities for exploring the great outdoors in a variety of different environments from Lake Havasu to the Colorado River, to deserts to pine forests. The varied landscape of Big Sandy makes it a unique conservation area.
- Elevation:The Big Sandy NRCD ranges from 266 feet above sea level to 8,025 feet in the Hualapai Mountains.
- Terrain: Numerous mountain ranges that rise abruptly from broad, plain-like valleys or basins. Dry terraces are interrupted by drainage ways and relatively low desert hills. The Colorado River provides for 1,000 miles of shoreline, and riparian areas such as Topock Marsh and various creeks and washes contribute to the diversity of the district, as well as lakes such as Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu.
- Precipitation: Mohave County has an average annual precipitation of ~10 inches. Precipitation ranges from less than five inches per year along the Colorado River corridor to approximately 20 inches in the Hualapai Mountains.
The District comprises 4,933, 931 acres. It is the 5th largest county in land area in the United States. Mohave County, is comprised of the three major cities of Kingman, Lake Havasu City, and Bullhead City, and encompasses a number of smaller communities including Golden Valley, Dolan Springs, Peach Springs, New Kingman-Butler, Chloride, Meadview, Topock, Wikieup and Yucca, and is adjacent to the Fort Mohave Indian Reservation. Land ownership breakdown is as follows (percentages are approximate):
- BLM: 53%
- State Trust: 10%
- Private: 27%
Big Sandy NRCD Board
- Anita Waite, Chairman
- Brenda Stockbridge, Secretary/Treasurer
- Beatrice Zueger, Vice Chairman
- Emmett Strugill, Supervisor
- Myron Storing, Supervisor