The Arizona State Land Department manages approximately 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands within Arizona. These lands were granted to the State under the provisions of the federal Enabling Act that provided for Arizona’s statehood in 1912. These lands are held in trust and managed for the sole purpose of generating revenues for the 13 State Trust land beneficiaries, the largest of which is Arizona’s K-12 education. In FY 2013 Trust land revenues exceeded $318,000,000.
To manage State Trust lands and resources to enhance value and optimize economic return for the Trust beneficiaries, consistent with sound business management principles, prudent stewardship, and conservation needs supporting socio-economic goals for citizens here today and future generations. To act in the best interest of Trust for the enrichment of the beneficiaries and preserve the long term value of the State’s Trust lands.
- To implement a progressive asset management process, to improve the quality and efficiency of the Department’s decision making, and to meet the requirements of the Growing Smarter and Growing Smarter Plus Acts.
- To enhance revenue production.
- To improve efficiency in processing revenue production activities.
- To incorporate environmental protection into the Department’s management actions to enhance the future productivity of the Trust’s land and assets.
- To continue an effective land conservation of appropriate State lands while ensuring continued economic benefits to the Trust.
- To improve the availability of information and to increase the analytical capabilities of the Agency.
- To continue to develop and implement measures to improve internal and external customer service.
- To improve internal and external communication.