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Tuesday 16th August 2016

Ecological Characteristics

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Two principal ecological environments exist in the Mid Murray LAP Region, the highland mallee, and the River floodplain. Both are schematically illustrated below in Figure 9.

The highland mallee consists of sand dune and limestone complexes vegetated with plant communities of mallee, chenopod shrublands, spinifex dune systems and native grasslands. Whilst soil type and climatic variables helped shape highland diversity, human settlement has decimated it. Clearing for cropping, grazing, coppicing for firewood and the introduction of pest plants and animals has severely compromised the indigenous species, and in some instances, has led to localised extinctions.



ecology profile

Incised by the river, the floodplain environment consists of river flats, wetlands and open water, with accompanying red gum and black box woodlands, lignum or chenopod shrublands and sedgelands.

There are thirty two wetland complexes within the Mid Murray LAP Region (Map 6 over page ) which comprise almost 3700 hectares of individual wetlands. Many have a high conservation significance, some are of national significance. Unfortunately the natural hydrogeogolical regimes sustaining these complexes have been significantly modified, and therefore most have become seriously degraded. Table 3 details these complexes and cites priorities for management.



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