31 July 2018
Botanists map vegetation

Information collected by NT Herbarium botanists from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) during a two-week field trip will be used to help finish a fine scale vegetation map of Groote Eylandt.

The map is a collaborative project between the ALC, the Anindilyakwa Land and Sea Rangers and DENR.

Vegetation sites were sampled to validate the map and included 65 full floristic sites, 150 dominant vegetation sites and more than 1000 aerial sites. An accompanying report is also expected to be released later this year, with vegetation community descriptions as well as information about plants of conservation significance.

ALC mining and environment manager Ross McDonald said this would be a valuable resource for managing natural resources on Groote Eylandt into the future.

 “It’s going to be useful to give us a better idea of threatened species and we’ll be able to use it to for a lot of decision making going into the future,” Ross said. “Nowhere else in the NT has information to the same scale as Groote Eylandt; it’s good to be ahead of the game in a lot of areas.”

DENR senior botanist Donna Lewis said the field survey was a valuable knowledge sharing exercise between scientists, ALC staff and rangers and the department looked forward to continued collaboration.

VALUABLE: Senior botanist Donna Lewis and Anindilyakwa senior ranger Jennifer Yantarrgna share knowledge.