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Remnant vegetation survey : Darwin to Palmerston region : a report to Greening Australia N.T.



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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Greening Australia?

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Darwin (N.T.)


43 leaves ; 30 cm.

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* ,. 6.0 APPENDIX Summary of survey sites-- Darwin Municipality 6.1 Darwin city cliffs and foreshore 6. ,., Darwin Esplanade (Smith 1993; site 30). The area, a strip of coastal cliffs between Doctor's Gully and Government House, was initially surveyed by N. Smith (1993). The vegetation represents coastal monsoon -rainforest associated with dry sites (plant community 2), typical of many such coastal patches in the Darwin and northern N. T. region. The canopy consists of both evergreen and a variety of deciduous trees, and a total of 165 species were recorded, including about 40 exotic species, the most prevalent of which are Leuoaena Ieucocephala (Coffee Bush)-and Antigonon Ieptopus (Coral Vine). Major impacts identified by the 1993 and the current survey are substantial woody weed invasion, in some places dominating both upper and inid tree layers, tree clearing especially along the cliff tops to -afford sea views, rubbish dumping over the cliff face, and ineffectual Coffee Bush eradication programmes where many native species and regeneration are indescriminately removed. Further intrusion and loss of vegetation has occured with the construction of State Square, developmentof the old storage tanks, the lookout and cliff-top clearing associated with Bicentennial Park. Proximity of coastal rainforest habitat to the Darwin GBD provides a unique situation for easy access and appreciation; high diversity with prominent Banyan trees, Rock Figsspecies and Bamboo add to the overall attraction. Valuable urban bushland, provides green corridor (albeit interrupted) from wharf area to Cullen Bay. Fauna habitat and'refuge, including active Scrubfowl. High educational and recreational value, especially dense vegetation of Lamero0 Beach (on National Heritage Listing?). Historic connections to early Darwin settlement and wartime activities- (storage tunnels); strong links with local Aboriginal people. Other features: seasonal waterfalls and seepage, splendid views over the harbour, prominent cliffs and rock faces, caves, green buffer against urban environs, seasonal changes e. g. deciduous species. . . . . \ 25

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