Botanical Inventory of the Mungalla Coastal Habitats

Dowe, John Leslie (2008) Botanical Inventory of the Mungalla Coastal Habitats. Report. James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

[Extract] Mungalla is a ~5,000 ha coastal grazing property that is situated about 15 km east of Ingham, Queensland. The property contains extensive coastal wetlands that have very high habitat values for bird and fish life and has significant development of sand dunes, tidal swamps and other coastal wetlands (Figure 1). These are among the last substantial area of wetlands remaining in the region as most other wetlands have been lost or isolated by intensive sugar cane development. Mungalla has been used historically for cattle and horses and is now owned and managed by Nywaigi traditional owners. Nywaigi traditional owners have a long history of involvement with management of Mungalla and were successful in purchasing the property in 2001. Due to its location at the bottom of the catchment, Mungalla is impacted by catchment issues above the property as well as impacts from long-term management on the property. In particular, the introduction of exotic pasture grasses combined with increased nutrient availability from adjacent intensive cropping has resulted in significant infestations that are impacting on habitat, and changing hydrology, even within tidal areas at the downstream part of the property. The property is a grazing enterprise but requires better infrastructure to manage the environment such as controlling when and where cattle feed and to avoid sensitive coastal areas such as sand dunes and swales, and salt pans.

Item ID: 27996
Item Type: Report (Report)
Keywords: botanical inventory, coastal habitats, dunes, swales, Mungalla, Queensland
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2013 03:52
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060399 Evolutionary Biology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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