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The identification and description of the management units of the Goegap Nature Reserve

Helga Rosch
Koedoe | Vol 44, No 1 | a182 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v44i1.182 | © 2001 Helga Rosch | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 July 2001 | Published: 01 July 2001

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Helga Rosch, Northern Cape Nature Conservation Services, South Africa

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Abstract

Goegap Nature Reserve, near Springbok, is situated in the floral paradise of Namaqualand. This 15 000 ha reserve falls within the Namaqualand Broken Veld and in the transition zone between this Veld type and the False Succulent Karoo. Otherwise, it could be said that the reserve falls within the Upland Succulent Karoo and the transition zone between this vegetation type and the Bushmanland vegetation type. With the use of stratified aerial photographs of the reserve, random sample plots were placed within each homogeneous physiographic-physionomic unit and 284 releves were compiled in September 1998. With the use of the BBPC computer program, the resulting TWINSPAN split the data into two tables, one predominantly for the Plains and one for the Rocky Hills. After refining these tables, 13 plant communities were identified. These communities, together with the stratified aerial photographs, land type and habitat information were used to determine ten management units for the reserve. These units will be used in effective management and monitoring on the reserve. Table 1 and 2 will be uploaded as a supplementary file in due course.

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management units, Namaqualand, plant communities, plains, rocky hills.

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