Tony Ranch Policy
SALT Tony Ranch Policy
In August 2008, Superstition Area Land Trust (SALT) purchased the 78.05-acre parcel of land known as Tony Ranch. SALT was able to purchase this property by using funds it received as an “In-Lieu Fee” Sponsor, in accordance with the provisions of the Clean Water Act of 1972. The United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) administers the “In-Lieu Fee” program. The legal agreement between SALT and USACE requires that SALT provide long term conservation of Tony Ranch, and also preserve the unique cultural and biological resources located thereon.
The memorandum of agreement between SALT and USACE contains very specific language regarding the responsibilities of the land trust as they relate to Tony Ranch. Also, SALT has been given verbal directives from the USACE representative overseeing the program here in Arizona. These directives include the cessation of all human activity on the property. We understand that over the years, Tony Ranch has become an attractive and interesting destination for many types of users. Unfortunately, much of this activity has resulted in a significant amount of damage to the property. It is important that its value as a healthy riparian area be restored and preserved. Also, the cabin on Tony Ranch has suffered significant deterioration, is now unstable and is no longer safe to enter.
We therefore, for the above-cited reasons, respectfully inform all potential visitors to Tony Ranch that it is now closed to all users and activities as directed by the United States Army Corp of Engineers.