Over­due study re­veals NT land us­age

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THE Ter­ri­tory’s first land use study in more than eight years shows over 99 per cent of the NT is grazed na­tive pas­tures, Abo­rig­i­nal Land or con­ser­va­tion ar­eas.

Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources land as­sess­ment branch di­rec­tor Ja­son Hill said the study pro­vided a snap­shot on how the NT’s 1.35 mil­lion sq km was used.

“For the first time, the study ac­cu­rately mapped in­di­vid­ual agri­cul­tural com­modi­ties and re­vealed that mango plan­ta­tions cover the largest area (6643ha), fol­lowed by san­dal­wood (3316ha) and mel­ons (2461ha),” Mr Hill said. The project’s find­ings are sum­marised in the re­port, NT Land Use Map­ping for Biose­cu­rity 2016, avail­able at the NT Li­brary.

One of the project’s aims was to map the ex­tent of agri­cul­tural and hor­ti­cul­tural crops im­por­tant to biose­cu­rity man­age­ment.

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