Remnant vegetation survey : Darwin to Palmerston region : a report to Greening Australia N.T.
Brock, John 1951-
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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; Remnant vegetation is defined as an area of land which contains native vegetation in a natural state. Much remnant vegetation has been lost or seriously degraded as a result of urban expansion, clearing and development. Poor land management practices have also contributed to long term deterioration of native bushland. Factors causing negative impact include uncontrolled fires, weed intrusion, stormwater runoff, unformed tracks with subsequent erosion, and indiscriminate dumping of household and industrial waste. The main aim of this survey was to identify, describe and map areas of native remnant vegetation and to both determine and graphically represent their significance.
Vegetation surveys -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region; Plants -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region; Vegetation, Remnant
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q . . L lowlying landforms, (Panda!7us, Paperbark and Lophostemon communities), occupy 663 ha (8.5%) of bushland. Taking into account the natural limitations of these landforms, it becomes clear that nearly 60% of the total remnant bushland identified in the Darwin area is. immediately unsuitable for concentrated human activities or major development considerations. Of other remnant vegetation surveyed in Darwin Municipality, eucalypt communities cover 2060 ha (27% of bushland), mixed species woodland about 390 ha (5%), and grassland 205 ha (3%).. Without further disturbance, many of these communities' are stable and robust. In particular, the eucalypt open forest and woodland on sideslopes and plateaus, provide opportunities for a range of activities which allow for low key interaction at the same time as 'preserving natural values. Compatible passive recreation includes bushwalking, birdwatching and sightseeing, a feature being the expansive lowland and harbour views afforded from many upland locations. The diverse woodland habitats create ideal situations for naturalist studies and pursuits, without compromising the integrity of the environment. . 19