Conservation and maintenance of both ranching systems as well as rangeland is one of the key areas which have received an immense attention from the involved stakeholders. Both these two elements deal with animal issues. On the side of a ranch, it involves an enclosed land which is primarily maintained by certain individual in order to provide sufficient feeding materials to the domesticated animals (College Board, 2011). Unlike other forms of animal domestication, ranching systems usually requires vast lands where a substantial number of animals are enclosed and allowed to graze freely with minimal levels of interruptions. Consequently, the characteristics and forms of a ranch are highly determined by the human activities which are carried out within that enclosure. On the other hand, a rangeland is usually a naturally existing vast land which is comprised of diverse types of shrubs and other folder-like plants. Unlike ranches, rangelands are not managed by human beings but they have been in front line to protect their existence through policy formulations and implementations (Saunderson , 999).
Nevertheless, these two entities have been exposed to constant threats from various dimensions thus affecting their levels of operations. This has led to formulation and implementation of a number of policies which are designed to support and protect the existence of these two entities. Basing on the US policies, these two entities are classified under Forest Service rangeland management and one of the formulated policies includes that of Forest and Range Renewable Resources Planning Act.
In this policy, it requires that the government, private institutions, community members as well as the whole community should focus in maintaining resources which are found within ranches as well as in rangelands. This is through avoidance of disposal of pollutants in these entities, efficient and considerable use of natural resources found within these entities as well as improving them. This policy will benefit both parties since the issue of pollution has been detrimental through degradation of these entities. Consequently, a superb environment can be created through embracing this policy (US forest service, 2010).
College board (2011). Major farms and ranch management, retrieved on 11/5/2011 from
Saunderson (1999). Western Stock Ranching, USA: Publisher U of Minnesota Press.
US forest service (2010). “Rangelands”, Laws, Regulations, and Policies, Retrieved on
11/5/2011 from http://www.collegeboard.com/csearch/majors_careers/profiles/