OUT OF PRINT
Edited by Maria Kraatz
This book looks at the status and ecology of the VRD, natural
resource management issues and priorities.
Price: $9.90 (GST inc.) ISBN: 0-9587376-8-1
THIS new TS–CRC book brings together a range of research
findings relevant to the Victoria River District—which covers
an area of more than 125,000 km2 about 500 km south of
Darwin—and gives recommendations for on-ground land
Written and compiled by Maria Kraatz, the book is based on a
workshop held in November 1999 which aimed to draw together the
results of all the research being conducted by the TS-CRC on the
status and ecology of the VRD and to develop a common understanding
of natural resource management issues and priorities.
The VRD is a mix of grassy plains, rolling savannas, rocky
spinifex country and spectacular mesas and plateaux. Pastoralism is
by far the dominant land use in the district, however, there are
also Aboriginal and conservation lands. Weeds, fire, feral animals
and erosion are common natural resource management issues to each
of these land users.
The growth of the live export market, establishment of the
Bradshaw Field Training Area and the development on the Ord Scheme
Stage 2 all have the potential to change the face of land use in
the district. Its chapters include information on what we currently
know of the region’s geology, soils, climate, vegetation and
fauna, as well as the types of land use and economic
It also outlines research results relating to vegetation
structure and function, water use by vegetation and impacts of fire
and grazing on pastures and on native plants and animals. A chapter
on managing for the future looks at best practice management and
sustainable management issues and priorities.