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Maricopa County Department of Parks and Recreation

Ken Vonderscher, Park Planning and Development Manager
928-501-9203

Maricopa County Department of Transportation
Frank Hakari, Project Manager
602-506-8623
 
 
 
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Hassayampa Field Office has prepared the Vulture Mountains Recreation & Public Purposes Act Lease Area Project, Final Environmental Assessment.  The document analyzes the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects from the lease of 1,046 acres of public lands to Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department (MCPRD) for the development and operation of recreation facilities, and modifications to the Vulture Mine Road by Maricopa Department of Transportation (MCDOT).

Background

In 2012 the BLM received an application from MCPRD for a Recreation & Public Purposes Act (R&PP) lease of approximately 1,046 acres located in Maricopa County, Arizona.  The R&PP Act allows for State and local governments to apply for the leasing of public lands for the construction and maintenance of facilities such as schools, fire stations, and for parks.  

The MCPRD has requested a lease of the public lands for the construction and maintenance of recreational facilities including:

•    A campground with approximately 80 campsites with electric and water hook-up sites and walk-in tent camping;
•    Ancillary facilities including a recreation vehicle dump station, entry station and maintenance compound, and park host sites;  and
•    Day use facilities including a nature center, ramadas, amphitheater, restrooms, trails and signage.

In 2017 the BLM received a right-of-way (ROW) application from MCDOT in order to make modifications to the Vulture Mine Road in the north and south lease areas.