Conservation on Campus
The Conservation on Campus (CoC) group was formed by staff and students in early 2016 in response to concerns of uncontrolled grassy weeds spreading in the native vegetation area along the western boundary of Casuarina campus. The CoC group recognises that this native vegetation area is an important teaching, learning and research facility as well as important habitat for TopEnd wildlife, including the threatened Black-footed Tree-rat (Mesembriomys gouldii) that has been recorded recently in the savanna area. Two other threatened species also occur in this native vegetation: Cycas armstrongii (Cycad) and Varanus panoptes (floodplain monitor).
Weed Management at Casuarina campus
To help protect the native vegetation area the CoC group advocated for weed control to the CDU Facilities Management who listened to the concerns and arranged for the first weed spraying in the 2016/17 wet season. Further to this the CoC group and the Enviro Collective advocated for a weed management plan in 2017, which saw a campus-wide draft plan and commencement of more weed control in the Wet season of 2017/18. This has resulted in the eradication of gamba grass and the near eradication of mission grass, however regular monitoring will be needed to stay on top of these grassy weeds.
Land Resources mapping of Casuarina campus
To further our knowledge of the native vegetation the CoC group asked the NT Government Land Resources Branch (of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources) to map the land units of this area and other adjoining vegetation. See the 2017 maps and report (when new page opens scroll to bottom).
1993 Flora and Fauna survey report
In 1992 Dr Richard Noske (former NTU science lecturer) and his students conducted flora and fauna surveys of the Casuarina campus native vegetation and the broader campus and a report was completed in 1993. See the report here (scroll down to ‘Noske’).
List of studies and courses that have used the native vegetation
Many staff and students have utilised the native vegetation area since the creation of Casuarina campus to learn about tropical ecology, plant biology, vertebrates and invertebrates. To highlight the value of this area a list is being compiled of the teaching units and research that has been done or on-going (in progress).
For further information about the native vegetation area please contact [email protected]