Comparative Study of Member Viewpoints about Effective Socio- Economic Factors on the Range Management Cooperatives Success (Golestan Province)

Document Type: Research and Full Length Article


1 Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

2 Young Researchers Chub, Gorgan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Golestan


Renewable natural resources are the wealth that not only belongs to the current
generation but also to future generations. Diversity in rangeland user viewpoints and policy
makers has caused these lands to face some damages. This study was conducted to compare
viewpoints of ordinary members as rangeland users, and board of directors as executives of
management plans. Statistical population of the study involved ordinary members and board
of directorsof 28 range management cooperatives in Golestan province. According to the
Krejsi- Morgan Table, 308 and 78 individuals were randomly selected for ordinary members
and board of directorsas sample size, respectively. Main material of this study is based on
utilizing question naires that their validity and reliability were checked based on a guide study.
To analyze data, qualitative methods, descriptive statistics and T-test were used. The results
showed that there was a significant disagreement between ordinary members and board of
directors about effective social-economic factors on range management cooperatives success.
Based on the results, providing loans to the cooperative members with low interest and long
term payback and betters cheming for more attraction of members participation in decisionmaking
and cooperatives plansare recommended.