Overdue study reveals NT land usage
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.