When the territory of Arizona was created, two sections of land were set aside in each township towards the funding of schools. When Arizona became a state, two more sections in each township were added to the trust. There is now approximately 9.3 million acres in the state that are managed as State Trust Lands to provide funding primarily for schools. Total income from the trust was over $300 million in 2013.
As the Arizona State Land Department 2013-2014 Annual Report states, "Since the ASLD’s inception, its mission has
been to manage the Land Trust and to
maximize its revenues for the beneficiaries. All
uses of the land must benefit the Trust, a fact
that distinguishes it from the way public land,
such as parks or national forests, may be
used. While public use of Trust land is not
prohibited, it is regulated to ensure protection
of the land and compensation to the
beneficiaries for its use." That second sentence has major implications for RVers and others that desire to use the land for recreation (Emphasis added). Each individual (or family) must have a current, signed Recreation Permit with them any time they are on State Trust Land (STL.) That annual permit also allows for up to 14 days camping (annually) on STL.
Cache In Trash Out event.
I headed out as the sun started to rise with the canoe on board since I was heading to the lake afterwards.
If you're going to use STL, please don't trash the place, and do a bit of cleanup while you're out there.