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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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. Major weed eradication, long term rehabilitation and cleaning is required to restore the area to good condition. 6.2 Darwin city environs 6.2. I Onr. of Duke St. and Dinah Beach Rd. (site 21) Small gully supporting a patch (less than Iha) of coastal rainforest associated with permanent moisture (vegetation community I). Evergreen closed community with several outstanding Syzygium armstrongiitrees to .20m tall, and a very interesting combination of speciesjinc!uding EUodia elleryana, mature Carpentaria aouminata palms and the shrub Leea indica which are indicators of permanently moist habitats. Substantial weed infestaxion is present, including Poinciana, Coffee Bush and Mango trees, date and fishtail palms, vines and grasses such as Panicum maximum on the margins. Rubbish dumping is severe, both on the margins and inside the patch, especially along the creek line and via the road culvert drain. Erosion is evident at the margins. .Industrial waste such as oil and grease is very likely being discharged into the patch from the nearby Tour Bus Depot via the stormwater drain on. Duke St. Of historical interest is roofing iron embedded in one tree from the effects of Cyclone Tracy. Despite its small size, intrusion on all exposed margins, weed Invasion and rubbish dumping, the patch has' maintained its viability, with high regeneration of woody species, and has good potential as both an educational and recreational resource. The Syzygium armstrongiitrees are certainly the largest in the Darwin area, and together with Leea indica are uncommon locally, well worthy of protection in their own'right. The patch is unique in the Darwin city environs as a spring fed rainforest community. The land is owned by Darwin City Council, currently with unprotected tenure (01 Open Space), and should be rezoned and managed to provide maximum conservation. . . . 6.2.2 Dashwbod Oresc. (site 23) Small patch of eucalypt woodland (vegetation community 15), the tree layer dominated by Eucalyptus tetrodonta (Stringybark). Of 28

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