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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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.~ ,\ b 6.16 Lee Pt. - Buffalo Ck. area 6.1 6.1 A belt of coastal monsoon rainforest (community 2) stretches along the western margins. of the Buffalo Ck. mangrove community. Deterioration has occurred through invasion of grassy weeds and fire damage. Part of this belt, (a patch just north of the Leanyer Treatment Ponds), is currently under a protection and rehabilitation program with the Leanyer Landcare Group (ref. .......). The tree E^errya rotundifolia located in -this patch represents an Uncommon species for the Darwin region. Extensive swathes of Mission Grass occur in this area and present major fire management problems. Slightly separated to the west of the Buffalo Ok. rainforest belt, another small patch (site 88) includes a healthy population of Carpentaria. acuminata palms, and is doin. inated by Acacia auriculiformis, Oarallia braohiata, Lophostemon Iactifluus and MeIaleuoa' vindif/ora. A protected moist habitat, surrounded by a band of mainly Melabuca Vindiflora. . 6. ,6.2 Disturbed mixed eucalypt'woodland (community 15a) south and north-west of the Leanyer Sewerage Treatment Ponds. Scrapes and clearings are common in these areas, as are tracks, trail-bike paths and eroded sites. Mission Grass is widespread and commonly dominant on the ground layer; subsequent fires are hot and destructive. Household rubbish is scattered throughout. These degraded communities represent areas subject to various unrestricted recreation and convenience uses by adjacent urban populations. I . 6.17 Gasuarina Coastal Reserve An extensive coastal tract under the management of the Conservation Commission of the N. T. , and subject to the Casuarina Coastal Reserve Management Plan, 1991. A detailed vegetation map was prepared as part .of the management plan, which describes the vegetation qf the Reserve as a 'valuable resource for scientific flora study, education and interpretation". Significant coastal monsoon rainforest (community 2) is found in ~ " , , L .* '. \ 42

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