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Cape York Peninsula Land Use Strategy


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Areas of Conservation Significance on Cape York Peninsula

Cape York Peninsula Land Use Strategy
Abrahams, H., Mulvaney, M., Glasco, D., & Bugg, A.
Office of the Co-ordinator General of Queensland
Australian Heritage Commission, March 1995


This report has benefited from wide ranging input and comment. Mr Harry Abrahams and Dr Michael Mulvaney of the Australian Heritage Commission were the main authors of the text. Dr Peter Valentine wrote the butterfly section, while Ms Mia Thurgate wrote the section on crocodiles and prepared information on the Mitchell-Nassau area. Dr Peter Driscoll prepared information on the Aurukun Wetlands, provided a GIS coverage of significant wetlands, and commented on the wetland section of the report. Dr Errol Stock provided information on the eastern dune fields, as part of a National Estate Grants program documenting the earth science values of Queensland's coastal sand masses.

Mr Don Glasco, Mr Adrian Bugg and Mr Anthony Overs were largely responsible for the creation of the report's GIS coverages and figures. This work was supervised by Dr Matt Bolton and Ms Maria Cofinas of the Environmental Resource Information Network (ERIN). Mr Rob Lesslie and Mr Mike Maslin provided comment and direction on the wilderness assessment of this report, and provided coverages from the National Wilderness Inventory.

The assistance through workshops from other consultants to the CYPLUS programs, both the Natural Resources Analysis Program and the Land Use Program and access to their reports and data bases has been invaluable. The assistance provided by Mr G McColm (QLIS) in relation to the electronic datasets was especially appreciated.

Ms Helen Lawley (ERIN) was largely responsible for the creation of the lists of disjunct and endemic plant species. The Queensland Herbarium especially Mr J. Clarkson, Mr P.I. Forster, Mr A.R. Bean, Mr B.K. Simon, Mr. L. Pedley, and Mr C Dunlop (NT Herbarium), Dr G. Hope (Australian National University), Mr L. Craven (Australian National Herbarium), Dr B. Jackes (James Cook University) and Mr P. Stanton (QDEH) provided comment on initial drafts of these lists.

The floristic and vegetation databases and coverages provided by Mr John Neldner and Mr John Clarkson, of the Queensland Herbarium, were critical to this project. They also provided invaluable comment on the interpretation of this data. The methodology for identifying sites of terrestrial vertebrate significance was discussed with Mr Phil Lethbridge and Dr John Winter, with the faunal coverage produced by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage (QDEH) being the major source of information.

The identification of sites of significance for invertebrate species was discussed with Dr Ebbe Nielsen and Dr Tracey Harwood of the CSIRO. Ms Harwood also searched the database of the Australian National Insect Collection, to identify type localities, rare species, and endemic species from various insect orders.

Dr Keith Houston and Ms Deip Ha from the Australian Biological Resources Study provided access and assisted in the analysis of Type Localities from the Zoological Catalogue.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority provided a GIS coverage of Barrier Reef islands which forms the basis on which the sea-bird and turtle coverages were created. These coverages also incorporated sea-bird and turtle survey information of the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage (QDEH).

Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage particularly Dr Peter Young, Dr Phil Lethbridge, Ms Deslie Whiffon and Mr Ray Karnes collaborated on this project while undertaking the QDEH component of the LUP assessment.

Dr Colin Pain, Dr Robert Burne, Dr John Bain (Australian Geological Survey Organisation), John Rigby (Queensland University of Technology), and Dr Warick Wilmott (Queensland Department of Minerals and Energy) provided comment on the geological aspects of the conservation assessment.

Mr Jared Wilkins, as a work experience volunteer, researched the diversity of orchids on Cape York Peninsula relative to other Australian biogeographic areas and collated animal and plant type locality information.

Mrs Kathy Winterton established the reference list, proof read the document and made many editing changes. Comments were provided on the report by Ms Meg Switzer, Mr Jonathan Miller, Dr Rosemary Purdie and the North Queensland Natural Environment Documentation Panel.