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East Point Reserve biodiversity 5 year management plan 2014-2018

Details:

Title

East Point Reserve biodiversity 5 year management plan 2014-2018

Collection

E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT; Version 2

Date

2014-03-05

Location

East Point Reserve

Description

Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; The Plan outlines management actions jointly developed by the Parks and Reserves and Climate Change and Environment departments which guide biodiversity management of East Point Reserve to year 2018. Annual biodiversity monitoring will be undertaken to determine ecosystem changes and revegetation success. Monitoring will be undertaken during the wet season as survey results are more comprehensive during this period in comparison to the dry.

Notes

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

Table of contents

Introduction -- Management actions -- Flora -- Weeds -- Fauna -- Birds -- Wallabies -- Atlas Moth -- Introduced species -- Roles and responsibilities -- Review -- Timeframe for Management Action implementation.

Language

English

Subject

Parks and reserves -- Management -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Biodiversity conservation -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; East Point Reserve (N.T.)

Publisher name

Darwin City Council

Place of publication

Darwin

Series

Version 2

Format

11 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 30 cm.

File type

application/pdf

Use

Copyright

Copyright owner

Darwin City Council

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/267181

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/444299

Page content

Version 2 05/03/14 The central location of the Reserve means it is regularly used by residents and tourists. However its location has also led to its isolation and fragmentation from the few remaining dry monsoon rainforest vegetation in Darwin. Where once the Reserve was covered almost entirely by dry monsoon rainforest, it is estimated cover stands as 20% today.1 City of Darwin recognises the importance of biodiversity, as well as the role East Point Reserve plays in providing habitat for fauna across Darwin, as demonstrated in its Strategic Plan Evolving Darwin Towards 2020. Outcome 3 in Goal 3 An environmentally sustainable city states Council will conserve and protect the Darwin environment. Council further recognises the importance of biodiversity in its Climate Change Action Plan 2011-2020 under actions: B1 Increase native endemic vegetation to ensure conservation of existing communities B3 Continue to revegetate East Point Recreation Reserve. 2. Management Actions The East Point Reserve Biodiversity 5 Year Management Plan (the Plan) provides Council with the direction required to meet its goals and outcomes as stated above in Strategic Plan Evolving Darwin Towards 2020 and Climate Change Action Plan 2011-2020. To support the development of the Plan, City of Darwin in 2013 commissioned EcOz Environmental Services (EcOz) to undertake a biodiversity survey of the Reserve, focusing on the dry monsoon forest (highlighted in Figure 2: Vegetation complexes and survey areas as Dense Monsoon Forest, Mid-dense Monsoon Forest and Dense Advanced Monsoon Forest Revegetation). Baseline fauna, flora and habitat surveys were conducted comprising o f a desktop study and two field surveys (wet and dry season). Wallaby counts were also undertaken. Figure 2 shows the survey sites. EcOz identified 79 native flora species from 40 different families within the Reserve, with surveyed sites averaging 20 27 species per site. This is greater than the surveyed mean number of species within dry monsoon forest in Northern Australia of 52 species.2 229 fauna species were also identified during both desktop and field surveys as inhabiting the Reserve. Of these, 49 were vertebrate fauna species, which is considered ecologically significant in such an isolated area.3 EcOz provided recommendations for future biodiversity management in the Reserve, many of which have been incorporated into this Plan through the Actions. For more information, see the full report East Point Biodiversity Assessment, 2013 (common number 2415691). The Plan outlines management actions jointly developed by the Parks & Reserves and Climate Change & Environment departments which guide biodiversity management of East Point Reserve to year 2018. The actions are outlined below. Action 1 Undertake annual wet season biodiversity monitoring. Annual biodiversity monitoring will be undertaken to determine ecosystem changes and revegetation success. Monitoring will be undertaken during the wet season as survey results are more comprehensive during this period in comparison to the dry. Methods and key indicators will be replicated from the 2013 EcOz survey. The data collected will identify the health of the ecosystem and monitor progress of management actions. 1 Franklin, D.C., Matthews, R., Lawes, M.J. (2010) History of the East Point monsoon forest. Northern Territory Naturalist 22: 2-16. 2 RussellSmith, J. (1991) Classification, species richness, and environmental relations of monsoon rain forest in Northern Australia. Journal of Vegetation Science 2(2). 3 Price, O., Woinarski, J.C.Z., Liddle, D.L., Russell-Smith, J. (1995) Patterns of species composition and reserve design for a fragmented estate: Monsoon rainforests in the Northern Territory Australia, Biological Conservation 74(1).


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