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Land Resources of Auvergne Station



Land Resources of Auvergne Station

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A supplement to the Land Resources of the Victoria River District


Napier, Diane; Edmeades, Bart; Lynch, Brian; McGregor, Robert; Northern Territory. Department of Environment and Natural Resources


Hill, J.V.


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Jul-18




Auvergne Station; NT Portion 2676; Victoria River Downs; Victoria River District


This report for Auvergne Station is a supplement to Land Resources of the Victoria River District (2012) and completes the land resource assessment of the district which covers 24 properties and approximately 78 760 km² of pastoral land. Land unit mapping at 1:100 000 describes the landforms, soils and vegetation in the district.


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT)

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Table of contents; 1. Introduction; 2. Previous mapping; 3. Survey methodology and data collection; 4. Lithology; 5. Landform; 6. Soil; 7. Soil physical and chemical characteristics; 8. Vegetation; 9. Land evaluation; 10. Soil erosion; 11. Land unit descriptions; 12. References; Appendices 1 - 12.




Soils -- Northern Territory -- Auvergne Station; Land use -- Northern Territory -- Auvergne Station; Geology -- Northern Territory -- Auvergne Station; land resource assessment; land units; soil landscapes; vegetation communities

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Northern Territory Government

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204 pages ; colour photographs, maps, figures, tables ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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http://www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/metadata/export_data?type=html&metadata_id=E3F20A909A8123ADE040CD9B21446CC0; http://hdl.handle.net/10070/245323 [Land resources of the Victoria River District]

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Land Resources of Auvergne Station A supplement to the Land Resources of the Victoria River District 1 1. Introduction Background and Objectives In 2012, the land resource assessment encompassing twenty three properties in the Victoria River District was completed (Napier and Hill 2012). Due to the need to reallocate resources Auvergne Station was not considered in the original survey area. Funds since have provided the opportunity to complete the mapping on Auvergne and this report is considered to be a supplement to the original project and publication. The original objectives of the project were to map, describe and evaluate the pastoral lands of the Victoria River District (VRD) and provide this information to land managers, industry, government and other relevant stakeholders. Land resource information provides essential base line data on landforms, soils and vegetation that assists with the determination and management of current and future land uses. In short, before one can manage the land resources of an area one must firstly know what they are. The original project began in 1990 after a formal request by the Victoria River District Conservation Association (VRDCA) for more land resource information in the region. The industry felt that they had for too long and too heavily relied on gut feel and visual indicators to manage their properties. Stocking rates had mostly been based on good guestimates and it was time to progress to using support based evidence to aid in the decision making process for the sustainable management and development of these areas. The (then) Land Resources Branch of the Conservation Commission Northern Territory was nominated to provide this information and sought funds to support this request because they too recognised the economic importance of the region and the need to manage the land resources in a sustainable manner. Auvergne Station was first studied in 1998 as a reconnaissance survey that concentrated on describing the vegetation communities across reasonably level and gently undulating land to ascertain its similarity to vegetation communities in the Ord River area (the Keep, Weaber and Knox Creek plains). Soils and landforms were not described in sufficient detail to comprehensively describe the land resources of this property. This report aims for the first time to describe and evaluate the land resources in detail.

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