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Murrays Road Inland Saline Wetland Management Area

Description:

A salt pan on gently sloping surface of the Tor Plateau land system, the pan grading into a small wet area at one end. 1

Type/Class:

Inland saline 2

Size:

1.5 ha.

Altitude:

180-200 m above sea level.

Approximate location:

South of the intersection of Longford Road and Murrays Road, Middlemarch.
NZTM (centre point): E1377490 N4951570

Regional Plan: Water for Otago.

Schedule 9 Regionally Significant Wetland, no.111, Map F51.

Territorial Authority:

Dunedin City Council.

 

Recorded Values:

Value

Description

A5

Scarce in Otago in terms of its ecological or physical character. Scarce wetland type. This is the only known salt pan within the Macraes Ecological District. The salt pan is a mosaic of bare exposed saline soil and the native salt tolerant plants Apium sp. and Selliera microphylla. The wet area contains native sedges and rushes (see Bibby 1997, p117 98). 1 Less than 18% of inland saline areas remain in Otago. 2

A1-A3, A6, A7, A9

No relevant information is currently held by the ORC.

 

Other Information:

Aerial View of Murrays Road Inland Saline Wetland Managment Area (March 2006)

References

1 Otago Regional Council (2004) Regional Plan: Water for Otago. Published by the Otago Regional Council, Dunedin.

2. Ausseil, A.G., Newsome, P., Johnson, P, (2008) Wetland Mapping in the Otago Region. Landcare Research Contract Report prepared for the Otago Regional Council.

 

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