Assessment of Coastal Saltmarsh TEC on NSW Crown Forest Estate

The operational map for Coastal Saltmarsh was constructed to resolve long-standing issues surrounding its identification, location and extent within the NSW State Forest estate covered by the eastern Regional Forest Agreements. The project’s Threatened Ecological Community Reference Panel (the Panel) reviewed the determination for Coastal Saltmarsh and agreed upon a set of diagnostic parameters for its identification. We identified that any treeless saline and sub saline native vegetation found in the intertidal zone had the potential to be Coastal Saltmarsh. We estimated the extent of the intertidal zone by using a fine scale digital elevation model to determine the highest astronomical tideline (HAT). We then mapped potential Coastal Saltmarsh by analysing recent fine scale three dimensional aerial imagery to identify any native vegetation that comprised of low-growing treeless communities and was located within the HAT and on the landward side of mangroves. Mapping criteria used a tree cover tolerance of up to 30% to include areas that had a mixed cover of mangrove, paperbark or casuarina species with a saltmarsh understorey. Exposed mudflats and banks were also mapped when they were visible. Our mapping covered 1.4 million hectares of State Forest within the south, central and north coast regions of NSW. We identified a total of 111.9 hectares of Coastal Saltmarsh within 14 State Forests along the east coast. The most extensive areas are located in Bermagui and Mogo State Forests on the south coast and in Wallaroo State Forests on the north coast. We validated our map of coastal saltmarsh using an existing independent map of estuarine habitats (Creese et al 2009). Our mapping consistently identified almost twice as much coastal saltmarsh as Creese et al (2009), but this was attributable to differences in the mapping criteria rather than any error.

Operational TEC Mapping have been derived by API at a viewing scale between 1-4000 using ADS40 50 cm pixel imagery and 1 m derived LIDAR DEM grids for floodplain EECs.

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Metadata Summary What is metadata?

Field Value
Alternative Title Coastal Saltmarsh on Floodplains: Classification and Mapping Completed for the NSW Environment Protection Authority
Metadata Date 31/10/2016
Date Created 01/10/2016
Edition Version 1
Purpose Native Forestry Regulation on State Forests
License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Update Frequency Data is updated irregulary
Keywords Threatened Ecological Community,Endangered Ecological Community,Vegetation,State Forest,Coastal Saltmarsh on Floodplains,EEC,TEC,Environment Protection Authority,EPA
Field of Research Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified

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Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
Equivalent Scale 4000
Geospatial Topic Environment
Language English
Temporal Coverage From 01/10/2016
Datum GDA94 Geographic (Lat\Long)
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Attribution Environment Protection Authority (EPA) asserts the right to be attributed as author of the original material in the following manner: "© State Government of NSW and Environment Protection Authority (EPA) 2016"

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