Vegetation maps

The Wet Tropics vegetation maps include a description of the vegetation community including the structure of the vegetation as determined by dominant canopy trees. The maps also describe additional structural attributes including canopy height, macroclimates, topography and geology.

Purpose and scope

The purpose of the Wet Tropics Vegetation Mapping is to produce a series of vegetation maps and associated information and knowledge which describes the vegetation communities of the Wet Tropics Bioregion in a readily accessible and user-friendly format.

The mapping is a valuable resource tool for informing conservation planning and research, policy development and decision-making at regional, local, and individual property levels.

The Wet Tropics vegetation mapping comprises a series of fifty-five 1:50,000 maps and recognises 250 distinct vegetation communities in the Wet Tropics Bioregion based on their structural and floristic chararacters.

The Authority has designed a logical, hierarchical framework and map key which groups the 250 vegetation types into ecological communities and identifies relationships among them. 

To find out more about the development of Wet Tropics Vegetation Mapping click here.

Background

The Authority verified and digitised the 1:50,000 vegetation maps of the Wet Tropics Bioregion in February 2006. The mapping is the culmination of over eight years work and is the most comprehensive vegetation mapping ever undertaken in the region. Some 4,000 aerial photographs representing 90,000 polygons have been digitised and described. 

The vegetation mapping applies to the Wet Tropics Bioregion including continental islands and the Palm Island Group; an area that cover approximately two million hectares.

Both the mapping and reports have already become a valuable resource for planning and decision-making at regional, local and individual property levels. The Queensland Herbarium used the data to derive the certified Regional Ecosystem mapping for the Bioregion under the Vegetation Management Act 1999.

For further information about the vegetation mapping and data please email the Wet Tropics Management Authority.

Maps

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