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14 NEWS FRIDAY JUNE 24 2016 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 STRENGTHENING feral animal management and stopping the spread of weeds are the very high priorities for the Arid Lands region, according to the Northern Territory Natural Resource Managements new five-year plan. Introduced species such as rabbits, camels, donkeys and horses have caused substantial degradation to Central Australia, the plan states. They can substantially reduce pastoral values by damaging pastoral fence lines, degrading pasture and impacting on rotational grazing programs aimed at managing native pasture resources, the plan reads. Meanwhile priority weed species to control are athel pine, cactuses, parkinsonia and rubber bush. Riparian areas and wetlands are particularly subject to invasion by exotic weeds such as athel pine, which can displace native plants, disrupt water flows, promote erosion, lower water tables and cause salinisation of the surface soils. A 2016-2020 plan sets out goals for the sustainable management of the Northern Territory to provide guidance to the thousands of people who work on a range of complex issues in the Territory such as managing fire, preventing and managing weeds, reducing feral animal impacts, incorporating sustainable practices and minimising the environmental impact of developments. It was released publicly last Friday. TNRM chief executive Karen May said many people working in natural resource management would use the plan as a guiding document. This plan enables us to col lectively make better decisions, leverage interest and investment into natural resource management activities that maintain or improve the Territorys natural values, she said. It aims to help educate and raise awareness about the challenges facing the Territorys valuable natural resources and attract new players to unique opportunities. Ms May added the plan would benefit all Territorians. The natural resources of the Northern Territory are an integral part of our daily lives. Natural assets such as our coastal and marine ecosystems, soil, and plants and animals sustain us, provide income and contribute to cultural and spiritual wellbeing, she said. Our natural environment is the envy of many around the world, however its future and our future as its inhabitants, depends on the actions we implement now to deal with the challenges and opportunities we face. The plan was developed following a total of 18 months of consultation. Tom Volling The natural resources of the Northern Territory are an integral part of our daily lives K A R E N M AY Arid Lands plan targets animals, weeds Guideline to protect NTs natural assets Sarah Police Officer If youre aware of any illegal activities you need to tell us. Its everyones duty to protect our community from ice dont keep quiet. crimestoppers.com.au in confidence Contact Police on 131 444 or call Crime Stoppers.
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