State Land Trust Commissioner Atkins to discuss land management

Are you an off-highway vehicle enthusiast using state trust lands? A retiree supporting efforts to conserve our desert open spaces? A family breadwinner seeking better jobs, schools and highways? A developer lured by hundreds of square miles to be sold or leased for its appraised value?

How about an official trying to plan ahead of all the rooftops? Or a homeowner in the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon area who believes your mountain viewscape is protected in perpetuity?

If so, the Superstition Area Land Trust and Apache Junction Parks and Recreation have a not-to-be-missed talk for you.

Lisa Atkins, appointed last June by Gov. Doug Ducey as commissioner of the Arizona State Land Department, will present “A New Approach to Management of Arizona State Trust Lands: The Superstitions and Beyond,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road.

Ms. Atkins is the 21st commissioner in the 100-year history of the department. She is responsible for managing and administering 9.2 million acres of state land held in trust for 13 beneficiaries, the largest of which is K-12 education.

In fiscal year 2013, trust revenues exceeded $318 million.