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Northern Territory weed management handbook



Northern Territory weed management handbook

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Weed management handbook


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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This manual has been developed to provide detailed information about weed control in the Northern Territory.


Date:2012; Includes: Weeds in the N.T. -- Legislative responsibilities -- Strategic & planned approaches to weed management -- Prevention -- Weed control methods -- Integrated weed control -- Using herbicides correctly -- Herbicide toxicity -- Modes of action -- Herbicide resistance -- Herbicide control techniques -- Using adjuvants, surfactants & oils with herbicides -- Factors affecting adjuvant use -- Records of use -- Disposal of excess chemicals & used chemical containers -- Chemical handling training -- Weed control option tables -- Publications -- Websites.




Weeds -- Control; Weeds -- Northern Territory -- Identification

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Northern Territory Government

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53 p., : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm.

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5NORTHERN TERRITORY WEED MANAGEMENT HANDBOOK 2012 Coordinated Management As weeds do not recognise property, tenure or state boundaries, it is imperative that land owners work together to coordinate a systematic management approach across catchments to contain weed spread. The responsibilities of individual land owners should be determined and clearly communicated. Complementary property management plans should be developed, administered and evaluated. Monitoring and Evaluation A property management plan should include realistic time frames and goals, recognising that achievements, particularly with regards to established populations, may only become evident in the long term. It is important to document weed occurrences and the control methods used so that success, or failure, can be critically analysed. Accurate records can enable a management program to be reworked or fi ne tuned depending on the need. Above all, continual maintenance is imperative otherwise reinfestation may only be one growing season away. Weed Management Plans Section 10 of the NT Weeds Management Act 2001 determines that the Minister may approve species specifi c Weed Management Plans for a range of purposes including: preventing entry of a species to the NT; managing a species within the NT; and/or managing a species within an area of the NT. Weed Management Plans have been developed for a number of high priority species in the NT. Management requirements identifi ed are consistent with those identifi ed at the catchment, regional, NT and national levels. Information contained within this guide will assist in meeting requirements identifi ed in statutory Weed Management Plans. Further information regarding the availability of these plans is available from Weed Management Branch. Further Information and Resources Detailed information regarding the management and identifi cation of individual weed species are available from the Weed Management Branch. Examples of resources include WeedNotes, Weed Identifi cation Tables and Best Practice Management Guides. Please visit the website www.nt.gov.au/weeds or email the Branch directly weedinfo.nretas@nt.gov.au for information. Prevention The easiest and cheapest form of weed control is prevention. Weeds can invade through a number of mechanisms and pathways, but invasion can be combated by applying a few basic principles: know what weeds are in your region and ensure they are not inadvertently brought in via items contaminated with seed (e.g. vehicles, machinery, hand tools, soil, feed, mulch and livestock); be able to recognise existing and potential weeds which threaten the NT. Early identifi cation of an outbreak can save millions of dollars; use established roads and tracks and avoid weed-infested sites; if areas containing weeds are encountered, clean all equipment, vehicles and machinery prior to leaving; check boats, propellers and trailers before entering and leaving waterways; contact landowners before entering properties to see if they have any preventative measures in place; dispose of weed plant material and seeds by burning and/or burying at an appropriate depth; check the weed status of commercially available garden plants before planting on your property; never dispose of aquarium contents into drains or waterways; and control any weed infestations before they spread. See Appendix A for information on the prevention of weed seed spread, including vehicle hygiene requirements.

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