The lands within the Apache NRCD range from some of the highest elevations in Arizona in the White Mountains down into the semi-arid grasslands in the northern portion of the District. It includes the headwaters of rivers flowing into the most important river systems in Arizona: the Little Colorado, Salt River, and San Francisco River.
The Big Sandy NRCD includes an interesting, and often conflicting, mix of land uses and resource concerns. By far the largest area of the District is arid to semi arid rangeland used for ranching, watershed protection, and wildlife habitat. About 14,000 acres of irrigated land is farmed, mainly for hay and cotton. However, Mohave County has a rapidly growing population which is mainly located in Kingman and the towns along the Colorado River where the major emphasis is on recreation and related businesses. In addition, there are numerous parks and natural areas scattered through the District that attract ever increasing numbers of people who visit these areas for camping, hiking, and other outdoor recreation.
Because most of the cooperators in the District are involved in farming and/or ranching, most of the conservation practices applied within the District are related to these uses. The major practices are prescribed grazing, water development, and fencing on rangelands to promote sustainable resource use and improved wildlife habitat. On croplands, irrigation conveyance systems, sprinklers, crop rotation and pest management are the major practices. These are designed to promote efficient water use and increased productivity of croplands. Wildlife habitat management practices are applied throughout the District.