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Annual Report 2006-2007 Department of Natural Resources Environment and the Arts



Annual Report 2006-2007 Department of Natural Resources Environment and the Arts

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Weeds Management Assessing weed risk and feasibility of control with limited published or quantitative data was problematic for some species. A systematic approach to dealing with limited data and on accasion the need to rely, on expert opinion was developed to address this challenge. Ensuring the Northern Territory W eed Risk Management System, adapted from southern models, had careful consideration of key elements of the assessment process; such as incorporating altered fire regimes and Indigenous cultural values into the assessment process, and reflecting the Territory needs and environmental conditions. Reviewing the Northern Territory W eed Management Strategy, following the release of the Australian W eed Strategy, to ensure the objectives of the national Strategy are incorporated in a manner appropriate to the Territorys environmental, social and economic context. Native Vegetation and Soil Conservation Ensuring the adaption of best practice standards by industry in relation to soil conservation and management. Future Priorities in 2007-08: Natural Resource Management Activities Fire Management Ensure the ongoing success of the 17-year West Arnhem Fire Management Agreement with project partners to abate greenhouse gas emissions from savanna burning in West Arnhem Land. Trial new procedures such as the extension of standby arrangements for the management of fire on extreme fire weather days. Roll out new nationally accredited firefighter training. Conduct research into the development of full carbon-trading capacity from savanna fire management projects. Build capacity for fire management in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. Mitigate and suppress wildfires without injury or loss of life. Weeds Management Review the Northern Territory Weed Management Strategy. Develop a Northern Territory Rapid Response capability to target new weed incursions. Continue to manage the Cabomba Eradication Plan in conjunction with stakeholders and maintain the Quarantine Management Zone in the lower Darwin River. Implement the Weed Risk Management System model for the Northern Territory. Develop a compliance program for the Northern Territory W eed Management Act and Regulations. Review the statutory Weed Advisory Committees and implement the formation of the Northen Territory Weed Advisory Committee and Regional Weeds Reference Groups. Native Vegetation and Soil Conservation Publish soil erosion and sediment control guidelines with website based manuals. Review of soil conservation management and regulation in the Northern Territory to improve the legislative capacity in controlling soil erosion. E . n o r t h e r n t e r r i t o r y g o v e r n m e n t I? A B IT E ) B i g ? M O T M B m B Bfo(3)fl) W I I S Bl t e A B t l ; - . A 'H -N u 'a - - r e 'P O R r