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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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. *. .. o ~. 6.14. South, south-east and east of Holmes Jungle Nature Park (Sects. 4328, 109, 1/8, 1/9) This area should be considered with the Nature Park as part of a broader management plan to include the natural catchment of the landscape encompassing the creek and rainforest habitats. 6.14. , A large tract of eucalypt open forest (community 13) occurs on the plateaus, side slopes and gentle slopes surrounding the Park. 6.14.2 Sec. dig (site 14). Transition patch of Acacia auriculiformis open forest on seepage area on lower slope. This interesting isolated patch has a variety of rainforest species present in the inid and ground layer vegetation, including Carpentaria aouminata, Terminalia microearpa and Tarenna danaohiana. Of note is a grassy herb recorded as co-dominant in the ground layer; it was not readily identified, and may be of botanical interest. Weeds were common, and Mission Grass in particular was dense on the patch margins. Fire impact was severe including tree death. 6.15 Much of this land .is under RAAF tenure and includes the old bombing range north of Shoal Bay Dump. 6.15. t Low-lying area between Buffalo and Micket GKS. , marked by extensive salt and mud flats, which enclose an expanse of closed grassland/sedgeland community. Parts of the grassland/sedgeland were still moist at the time of the survey! but substantial areas were severely burnt, and nearby Pandanus woodland with Mission Grass understorey were subject to severe probably annual fires. Near Site 95, an Eastern Grass Owl was sighted, which is uncommon in the Darwin area (J. Woinarski pers. coinm). Leanyer Swamp . 6.15.2 Environs of Shoal Bay Waste Disposal Dump slightly elevated rise sloping most sides to low-lyingon grassland/sedgeland. Tract of degraded and disturbed land with mostly regeneration low open woodland to shrubland. Common scattered' species include BUGhanania' obovata, Galytrix exstipulata and Coohlospermum fraseri. Fire effects were severe, tracks and scattered clearings were recorded, and areas external to the main dump were used as dumping. 41 ,