SEPTEMBER 21, 2011

Game and Fish to host public meetings regarding management of the department’s Horseshoe Ranch property

az game & fish logoPHOENIX – The public is invited to attend any or all of three meetings designed to take comment on the proposed development and management of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s newly acquired Horseshoe Ranch property.

The property is located about an hour north of Phoenix within the Agua Fria National Monument.  The acquisition included 200 acres of deeded land coupled with nearly 70,000 acres of grazing allotments, all of which will be under Arizona Game and Fish Department management.

Game and Fish is looking for the public’s feedback and input on various management scenarios for this site that will be presented during these meetings. Each meeting will consist of an information session highlighting the property’s history, the purposes for acquiring the property, and possible development and management scenarios, followed by an open forum session where the public’s feedback and ideas regarding the scenarios will be solicited. 

“We encourage people to attend and provide their thoughts,” said Randy Babb, information and education program manager for the department’s Mesa region. “The input will help us design future management for the ranch and wildlife area.”

Meetings will be held on the following dates:
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m., Phoenix, Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters, Eagle Room, 5000 W. Carefree Highway.

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6-8 p.m., Black Canyon City, Albin’s Civic Center, 19055 E. K-Mine Road.

Thursday, Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m., Mayer/Cordes Junction area, Mayer High School, Mayer (follow signs to public meeting room).

For more information, contact Randy Babb, information and education program manager for the Game and Fish Mesa region, at (480) 324-3546 or