State Vegetation Type Map
The State Vegetation Type Map will represent the most complete and consistent information available about the distribution of Plant Community Types across NSW, benefitting landholders, planners and local communities.
Mapping NSW native vegetation
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is producing a new map of the State’s native vegetation. This comprehensive and seamless map of native vegetation types will enable government, industry and the community to better understand the composition and the relative significance of the native vegetation in their local area. Land use planning and on-ground actions will be better matched to the characteristics of the vegetation being managed. For example, it will be easier to select the best mix of native species to rehabilitate disturbed areas.
Regional scale mapping of Plant Community Types will enable decision makers to better recognise the different groupings of native vegetation in their area and help make more informed land management or conservation investment. Mapping will be complemented by plant community type descriptions, identification tools and other educational material.
OEH also supports the wider community with a range of information about vegetation in their local environment.
The State Vegetation Type Map has been progressively produced across NSW, region by region, over the last five years. As illustrated below, the whole State Vegetation Map will be completed in 2018. Regional-scale mapping for Western and Central areas of NSW is available now. Central Tablelands and updated mapping for Upper Hunter will be made available in early 2017 and the remaining section for Coastal NSW will progressively become available over the next two years.
The State Vegetation Type Map is compiled from the best available imagery, site survey records and other environmental information and is designed to be dynamically improved and upgraded as new local information becomes available.
OEH also encourages users to provide feedback such as new sightings of plants or communities, floristic surveys, suggested boundary adjustments and other comments.
State Vegetation Type Map Methodology
OEH has developed a methodology for a regional scale map of plant community types for NSW, which is used to create a unified State Vegetation Type Map (SVTM). The SVTM uses the best available aerial (ADS–40/80) and satellite imagery (SPOT 5, SRTM, Landsat) and a collection of environmental variables. Regional scale vegetation mapping supports government, industry and the community with information for conservation and investment. The SVTM provides baseline knowledge about the plant communities of NSW that will be updated and improved over time.
This detailed description of the mapping method used for the state vegetation type map is available to download:
The NSW State Vegetation Type Map: Methodology for a regional-scale map of NSW plant community types (PDF 1.2MB)
How do I view and download the map?
OEH is currently redeveloping a spatial platform for improved delivery of mapped information. As we transition to this service, some regional-scale maps that include vegetation map data (ESRI shape files), metadata and cartographic maps are available.
For answers to your questions about the map visit The State Vegetation Type Map: your questions.
For data access queries or more technical detail please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bionet@environment.nsw.gov.au.
Page last updated: 17 March 2017