A GIS Based Grassland Grazing Model: A Case Study of Savadkooh Watershed, Mazandaran
Range suitability is determined to identify the lands having grazing potential under different scenarios of management. Range suitability shows whether livestock grazing is logical practice in comparison to other land uses. FAO (1991) methodwas used to study the grassland suitability for sheep grazing. Three sub-models were created namely distance to water resources, soil erosion, and forage production. Data were collected from Savadkooh watershed, Mazandaran province, Iran. Results show that 9.78% of the study grassland is classified as S1, 27.44% in class S2, 38.04% in class S3 and 24.74% not suitable (N) for sheep grazing. Presence of low palatable species, forage production deficit, poor condition and negative trend and finally steep slope were recognized as the main factors for range suitability decline. In the meantime quality and quantity of water could be reasons to increasing the class of suitability. The results of the study would be beneficial to land managers in devising measures more to cope with the limitations and enhance the health and proctivity of the lands.
Disclaimer/Regarding indexing issue:
We have provided the online access of all issues and papers to the indexing agencies (as given on journal web site). It’s depend on indexing agencies when, how and what manner they can index or not. Hence, we like to inform that on the basis of earlier indexing, we can’t predict the today or future indexing policy of third party (i.e. indexing agencies) as they have right to discontinue any journal at any time without prior information to the journal. So, please neither sends any question nor expects any answer from us on the behalf of third party i.e. indexing agencies.Hence, we will not issue any certificate or letter for indexing issue. Our role is just to provide the online access to them. So we do properly this and one can visit indexing agencies website to get the authentic information. Also: DOI is paid service which provided by a third party. We never mentioned that we go for this for our any journal. However, journal have no objection if author go directly for this paid DOI service.