The NSW monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MER) program described in this report was designed and implemented by the then NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW), now Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), with contributions from catchment management authorities (CMAs) and the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI).
The program was designed to determine whether New South Wales lands are being managed on a sustainable basis, ie within their inherent capability. The aim was to provide a baseline for future comparison by establishing up to 100 monitoring sites within 10 priority soil monitoring units (SMUs) in each of the 12 larger CMA regions, with fewer sites established in the smaller Sydney Metropolitan CMA region.
Soil data collection, along with laboratory analysis, was undertaken at each site to determine land and soil capability (LSC). Land management data were collected by surveying landholders and local experts.