In Arizona Attorney General’s Opinion #74-13 of August 1, 1974, Attorney General N. Warner Lee sets forth that “No one may enter upon State Trust Land without a permit.”
Like many crimes, illegal occupancy of Trust land ranges from minor to major offenses. Even people walking their dog on Trust land in their community must have a permit, in this case a Recreational Use Permit.
Over the past ten years, compensation for use of Trust land without proper authorization averaged more than $159,000 per year. These funds were collected from 228 different actions. Most involve native plant damage or theft, mineral theft, roads or utilities placed without a right-of-way, and commercial or agricultural trespass. Most are resolved through negotiations.
In fiscal year 2009, a record settlement of $6,547,825 was collected as a result of trespass resolution after more than 270 acres of Trust land was bladed without authorization. This sum is not included in the above averages due to the unique nature of the matter.
Trespass Investigators also respond to numerous other concerns: everything from OHV complaints, dust, squatters, cemeteries, historic issues, trash, environmental issues (solid waste), target shooting, insect complaints (bees and roaches to name a few), fire fuel complaints, weeds, and myriad of other matters in addition to Trespass activities. (Help Protect the Trust from Trash)
If you see illegal activity in process, call your local law enforcement office. Check your local telephone directory for the appropriate office. (How do I Report Illegal Activities?)
For additional information or to report trespass concerns, call 602 542-2119