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Service Description: Significant Plants and Animals dataset shows location of significant biodiversity occuring in the ACT. The distributions are based on verified records, surveys and vegetation type and extent collected over many decades. Exact location of some species may be withheld due to risks of disturbance and collection as per the ACT Government Sensitive Ecological Spatial Data Policy (2016 in pub). Plant and animal layers provided within this dataset should be regarded as indicative of likely habitat only. Lack of identification of an area as habitat does not necessarily indicate that the plant, animal or community does not occur there. Contact Conservation Research, EPD for more information (13 22 81). Birds: Comprehensive threatened bird records are kept by the Canberra Ornithologists Group (COG). Requests for bird data should be directed to COG. Disclaimer: While all care is taken to ensure accuracy, the ACT Government does not warrant that the layers arefree from error.

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Layers: Description: Significant Plants and Animals shows location of significant biodiversity occuring in the ACT. Lack of identification of an area as habitat does not necessarily indicate that the plant or animal does not occur there. It may be that appropriate survey of the site has yet to be undertaken. Even if a survey has been undertaken, the condition of habitat (or non-habitat) may have changed since the date of survey. Connectivity, Core Habitat, Linkages and Restoration Tools in the ACT. The ACT Vegetation Map classifies native and derived vegetation across the ACT at 1:10,000 scale into 64 plant communities. Vegetation communities are geographical units with similar association of plant species. The product also includes canopy cover and height variables based on 2015 ACT LiDAR data. Vegetation maps are important tools for characterising the landscape, informing policy and providing information for land and habitat management plans, including to help identify threats and risks to biodiversity and help prioritise protection of important ecological values in our landscape. This product will enable evidence-based decision-making at a broad regional, local and property planning scale in the ACT. It will also formulate a new baseline for future change detection in the landscape. Method: In the ACT Vegetation Map, native and derived vegetation across the entire ACTwas classified into 64 plant communities using the classificationdescribed by Armstrong et al 2013, in addition to three newly described ACT specific communities (Baines et al 2013). Mapping was completed using aerial imagery and stereo pair interpretation (2012-2015), extensive field work, collation of consultant reports and supplemental structural and canopy height datasets extracted from the 2015 ACT LiDAR capture at 1-5m grid resolution (van Dijk et al 2017 - in draft). The work expands on the vegetation mapping completed for the Kowen, Majura and Jerrabomberra districts of the ACT (Baines et al 2013). The product includes the following attributes : UMC_ID – Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment vegetation ID (unique vegetation code) (after Armstrong et al 2013) VEG_COMM – vegetation community name (after Armstrong et al 2013 and Baines et al 2013) TREESp1-3 – dominant tree species SHRUBSp1-3 – dominant shrub species GROUNDSp1-3 – dominant ground cover species CANOPYCOVER – canopy cover % (based on 1m 2015 LiDAR canopy cover model) HEIGHT_MEAN – mean canopy height (>3m) (based on 1m 2015 LiDAR canopy height model) UNDERCOVER – understory/shrubcover % (1-3m) (based on 5m LiDAR understory fractional cover model – van Djik 2017 in press) STRUCTURE – overall vegetation community structure – e.g. woodland, forest, grassland FORMATION – Keith Formation - broad classification of native vegetation type in NSW and ACT. Formation can be further divided into Keith Class (Keith 2004). CLASS – Keith Class- vegetation class (Keith 2004). This product should be used in conjunction with ACT Soil Landscapes, Hydrogeology and Land hazard mapping available on Actmapi, geological mapping provided by Geoscience Australia, and ACT derived LiDAR products including digital elevation model (DEM), slope and aspect (available CCBY 4.0). Updates: Version 2018.v1. The product will be updated as required when new information is available to improve accuracy of the product and to reflect changes and disturbance to vegetation, especially in the urban environment. Fit for purpose: Mapped at 1:10,000. This scale is for use at scales ranging from broad regional planning to local planning and property planning. References: Armstrong et al (2013). Plant communities of the upper Murrumbidgee catchment in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Cunninghamia13(1): 125-265 (2013). Baines et al (2013). The vegetation of the Kowen, Majura and Jerrabomberra Districts of the Australian Capital Territory. Technical Report 28 prepared for Conservation Planning and Research, ACT Government. van Dijk (2017in draft). Landscape Observatory. TERN & Fenner School of Environment & Society, Australian National University 2017. Keith (2004). Ocean Shores to Desert Dunes. The Native Vegetation of the New South Wales and the ACT. NSW Department of Environment and Conservation.

Copyright Text: Conservation Research, EPD, ACT Government

Spatial Reference: 28355  (28355)


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Document Info: Supports Dynamic Layers: false

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MaxImageHeight: 4096

MaxImageWidth: 4096

Supported Query Formats: JSON, AMF, geoJSON

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