Investigation on effects of range management plans, property size and number of land unit owners on rangelands (case study: Saveh Rangelands)

mooHossein Arzani, Alireza Eftekhari, Mohammad Reza Bihamta, EhsanZandi Esfahan, Valiollah Mozaffarian

College of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran

Department of Range Management, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

College of Agriculture, University of Tehran, Karaj, Iran

Rangeland Research Division, Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands, Tehran, Iran

Botany Research Division, Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands, Tehran, Iran

Key words: Range Management Plan (RMP), private and collective management, property size, nested design, range condition.

Abstract

This study was conducted in a summer rangeland of Saveh region at Markazi province. Firstly, property of rural rangelands including private, and collective management were selected as three area levels of small (less than 700 hectares), medium (700-2200 ha) and large (greater than 2500 hectares) were studied based upon Range Management Plans (RMP). A property without plan was also selected as control treatment. After determining the number and size of the quadrats in each vegetation community, a reference area was selected for data collection and rangeland characteristics were investigated. Afterwards, collected data were analyzed by nest design analysis using SAS software. 9754The results showed that the rangelands with RMP had a better range condition than those without RMP. Also rangelands under private management showed a better condition in comparison with collective management. Meanwhile, range condition of large area property was better than that of other property sizes. According to the results, range management based on private RMP in a large property was identified as the best management case.

Get the original articles in Source: Volume 4, Number 1, January 2014 – JBES

Published By: Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences (JBES)

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