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The structure and species composition of the community varies depending on disturbance history and temporal variability in rainfall. The total species list of the community is larger than that given above, with many species present in only one or two sites or in low abundance. The species composition of a site will be influenced by the size of the site, recent rainfall or drought conditions and by its disturbance including grazing, land clearing and fire history.

The number and relative abundance of species will change with time since fire, and may also change in response to changes in fire frequency or grazing regime. At any one time, above-ground individuals of some species may be absent, but the species may be represented below ground in soil seed banks or as dormant structures such as bulbs, corms, rhizomes, rootstocks or lignotubers. The list of species given above is mainly of vascular plant species, however the community also includes micro-organisms, fungi, cryptogamic plants and both vertebrate and invertebrate faunas. These components of the community are poorly documented.

Sandhill Pine Woodland is characterised by an open tree stratum, which may be reduced to isolated individuals or may be absent as a result of past clearing. The tree layer is dominated by Callitris glaucophylla White Cypress Pine , either in pure stands or with a range of other less abundant trees or tall shrubs. These may include Acacia melvillei, A. A scattered shrub layer is sometimes present and may include Dodonaea viscosa subsp. The groundcover is highly variable in structure and composition. It may be sparse or more continuous, depending on the history of disturbance, grazing and rainfall events.

The structure of the community varies depending on past and current disturbances, particularly clearing, logging, grazing and soil erosion. Sandhill Pine Woodland shares a number of species with another endangered ecological community listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act Allocasuarina luehmannii Woodland in the Riverina and Murray-Darling Depression bioregions. These two ecological communities inhabit similar soils and landforms and have similar geographic distributions. They may be distinguished on the basis of the relative abundance of their tree species and subtle differences in composition of their understorey.

When tree abundance is assessed at hectare scales, Callitris glaucophylla is the most abundant tree species in Sandhill Pine Woodland, whereas in Allocasuarina luehmannii Woodland, A. Differences in understorey composition are likely to be obscured as a result of the history of heavy disturbance throughout both communities. Vegetation with characteristics that are intermediate between Sandhill Pine Woodland and Allocasuarina luehmannii Woodland are covered collectively under the two Determinations.

A number of vegetation surveys and mapping studies have been carried out in regions within which Sandhill Pine Woodland occurs. A review and classification of vegetation in western New South Wales Benson et al. Sandhill Pine Woodland has been recorded in the far south-western portion of the NSW South Western Slopes bioregion near Urana, extending through the Riverina bioregion, from the Urana — Narranderra district in the east, into the southern part of the Murray-Darling Depression bioregion, as far west as the South Australian border.

Throughout its distribution, the community occurs in relatively small patches, typically on red-brown sandy loams. In the Riverina and NSW South Western Slopes bioregions, these soils are associated with the beds of prior streams or source-bordering dunes adjacent to streams and lake beds, which are restricted and distinctive landforms on the extensive riverine plain. Further west, in the Murray-Darling Depression Bioregion, the community occurs on lunettes associated with dry lake beds, and as patches within a mosaic of vegetation types on extensive sandplains.

Vegetation mapping studies cited in Paragraph 6 allow the remaining area of Sandhill Pine Woodland to be estimated in various parts of its geographic distribution. Additional areas of these vegetation types occur as unmapped patches within mosaics containing other vegetation types. There are also additional areas of Sandhill Pine Woodland to the east of the National Herbarium study area.

Mapping by White et al. The Deniliquin map sheet is within the total area surveyed by Fox , Scott , Porteners and Porteners et al. The Deniliquin sheet includes approximately ha of the total ha of map units 16 and 27, ha of the total ha of these units mapped as scattered trees and ha of the total ha of map units 16 and 27 estimated to have been cleared Porteners More recent mapping on the Deniliquin map sheet McNellie et al.

I had it planned to hit the garden with the first transplants on Memorial Day weekend. Well, we had a cold and damp Spring and the one week to get the ground worked up was the week prior to Memorial Day.

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It was crazy at school and we had a big hatch, so no ground got worked up that week. Little did I know that it would be 3 weeks before I could get into the garden again to work up the ground. It rained every day. Finally, I got started planting on June 19 in mucky wet dirt. I had begun to joke that our catalog would be able to be printed on a postcard if it took much longer before we got started planting. All sweet potatoes were planted on July 1 and 2.

The back up plantings of sweet potatoes were done on July 14 and I never in my wildest dreams thought we would get much of anything from any of the transplants this year. The first tomato varieties that we set out on June 23 were a mess. The last tomatoes we set out did the best. I kept waiting all summer for that week of horrible, hot, humid, icky, sticky weather that everyone here always complains about and it never came. August 1 rolled around and I was sure the sweetpotatoes and tomatoes would be a total loss. September started with 3 hot promising days. I love to sweat in the garden and watch all the crops grow, but my non-airconditioned classroom at school is not my first choice of places to be in hot weather.

Well, the 3 hot days were followed by cold and wet for another week and then BAM! F during the day and 60 to 65 deg. F at night. The sweet potatoes and tomatoes went wild! We started digging sweet potatoes on September 26 - - - not even 90 days after setting them out and had some great yields. While all summer long we had no varmints in them, outside of an occasional rabbit, one day about September 20 I looked and each patch had multiple gopher mounds.

The dogs started digging and catching voles. We lost almost all of several varieties in a matter of days. I simply must inspire those bull snakes to do a better job of patrolling late in the season! We were truly blessed this past season. When it looked like a dismal failure was imminent, things turned around and we had success.

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We are deeply appreciative to all those people who help and support us and to those who continually pray for us. We will far surpass the number of catalogs being sent out for that I ever said we would send out. But, with growth comes changes. So many of the unique seed varieties we must grow ourselves and that is still a challenge. There is a huge amount of hand labor that you just cannot begin to fathom until you have spent a day here. We are extremely grateful for our workers that help us out when the season dictates.

I remember the days when I would personally pack each packet and filled each seed order. Then Linda started helping and now during the peak of the season, I just check each order for accuracy and substitutions.

I must also thank Tyler and Kyle who help me move manure and birds on the weekends and help with the setting out and harvesting of all those seed crops. Saturdays in the Spring and Fall are not easy days. As with all Rosewoods the whole property somehow invokes a lovely, natural "Northern California" feel.

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Not cheap but you can get good rates now and then and it's really worth it good value. Best hotel in the area. My husband and I stay here every time we visit family- which ends up being times a year. This was our first stay with our new baby and I was pleasantly surprised at the amenities for baby being it is a business hotel.

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We had a suite which unfortunately was positioned so you could hear the freeway some rooms are lower and you cannot hear the freeway, especially by the pool, this room you could. Upon arrival, they had a crib set up with blankies, a basket of different diapers and diaper cream. As well as a baby bath in the bath tub with baby shampoo! We were so delighted!


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Staff were friendly as always, especially the room service delivery people. Love the rooms at this hotel, they are sleek and modern but are very comfortable and roomy. The bathrooms are large, closet and changing area spacious and roomy. I love eating room service breakfast to the "sunrise" channel. Large windows let in a lot of light! A note about a stay in April- we were in a suite right by the lawn and pool.


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Those rooms have less freeway noise but we had construction noise. Sometimes they build tents on the lawn for various parties and we were woken up at 7am on a Sunday with very loud noise like a construction site as they were assembling a huge tent. We had no warning about this taking place and found it very unpleasant. I requested a new room since it was apparently going to take place all day and start again the following morning.

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