Casuarina Coastal Reserve Management Plan
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Casuarina Coastal Reserve Management Plan April 2016 Page 28 4.2 Flora There are about 273 native plant species recorded in the Reserve, including two threatened flora species (Cycas armstrongii and Stylidium ensatum) (DLRM, 2014). The Reserve supports a wide variety of coastal habitats that are typical of the Top End. In 1996, Greening Australia surveyed and described 17 vegetation communities in the Reserve (DIPE, 2002). The main vegetation communities include monsoon vine forest, mangrove, eucalypt woodlands, paperbark (Melalueca), grassland and pandanus communities. Wildfire presents the greatest threat to these communities and is discussed further in section 4.5. Vegetation in some parts of the Reserve is the result of management actions, such as the plantings of natives specifically Casuarina equisetifolia and Spinifex longifolius to help stabilise the dune system and Acacia auriculiformis to stop erosion and to provide shade. As mentioned in section 3.0, the Casuarina Coastal Reserve Landcare Group assists the Parks and Wildlife Commission in maintaining and improving the natural values of the Reserve. The Landcare Group undertakes land management activities including weed control and re-vegetation works. The Casuarina Coastal Reserve Landcare Group and the Parks and Wildlife Commission have been working together for many years and have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU recognises that the Group will work with the Parks and Wildlife Commission to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the natural values of the Reserve. It also recognises the importance of this partnership and defines key principles and priorities to maintain a positive and robust relationship. Management Actions Regulate visitor access across the dunes to minimise damage to dunes and beach ridges. Work with the Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment and developers to ensure that drainage into and through the Reserve does not impact on water quality and erosion and sedimentation are minimised. Design and locate new infrastructure with consideration to potential environmental impacts including erosion. Develop and implement an Erosion and Drainage Plan (see section 2.3). Continue to assist scientists within the Department of Land Resource Management to undertake annual seagrass monitoring and water quality monitoring, where possible. Management Actions The Reserves floral diversity will be protected through fire and weed management programs integrated through annual operational plans. Continue to work with and support the Casuarina Coastal Reserve Landcare Group through the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding.