Range Management

Livestock grazing is an important activity on the Coronado National Forest. There are over 35,000 head of cattle permitted on almost 200 allotments. Long term management of the allotments is directed by the Coronado National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) and Allotment Management Plans (AMPs). Annual Operating Instructions (AOIs) direct the implementation of the management, whether this be an AMP or the Forest Plan. They contain the number of animals authorized for that year, the season of use, pasture rotation, and any special restrictions or concerns for the allotment. They clearly and concisely specify the permittee’s obligations as well as those of the Forest Service. Inspections are conducted periodically to ensure compliance with the AOIs and to determine the condition of the rangeland.

Annual Operating Instructions (AOIs) Inspections:
  • Douglas Ranger District
  • Nogales Ranger District
  • Sierra Vista Ranger District
  • Safford Ranger District
  • Santa Catalina Ranger District

Allotment Management Plans

The Coronado National Forest is in the process of updating allotment management plans and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses on several grazing allotments. Documents in support of ongoing allotment management planning and analysis are found below. Previously completed NEPA analyses and decision notices can be found by using the Archive Library link on this page.

Archive Library