The Native Vegetation of the Sydney Metropolitan Area - Version 3.1 (OEH, 2016) VIS_ID 4489

This layer contains digital mapping of the native vegetation communities of the Sydney Metropolitan area. Vegetation communities have been derived from the analysis of 2200 floristic sites collated for the study area. Identified vegetation communities have been related to currently listed threatened ecological communities listed under the NSW TSC Act, 1995 and the Commonwealth EPBC Act, 1999. Native vegetation communities have been mapped using a combination of detailed image interpretation, relationships between sample sites and abiotic environmental variables. The derived digital data layer includes fields that describe the vegetation community, interpreted dominant species and understorey characteristics, interpretation confidence, disturbance type and severity, NSW vegetation formation and classes and related NSW Plant Community Types. These are described in detail in technical reports OEH (2016) The Native Vegetation of the Sydney Metropolitan Area. Volume 1: Technical Report. Version 3.0. Office of Environment and Heritage Sydney. OEH (2016) The Native Vegetation of the Sydney Metropolitan Area. Volume 2: Vegetation Community Profiles. Version 3.0. NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Sydney. Version 3.0 of the Native Vegetation of the Sydney Metropolitan Area updates the Plant Community Type and Biometric Vegetation Type of each map unit.

Version 3.0 replaced version 2.0 (VIS_ID 3817) and created a seamless alignment between the GIS layer and the Plant Community and Biometric Vegetation Types in the Biodiversity Assessment Method tool. These were the only significant updates from version 2.0.

Version 3.1 is a minor update. Two new attribute fields were added - PCTID and PCTName. These fields align with the Bionet Vegetation map data standard v1.0( PCTID was populated by the v3.0 attribute field, PCT_code. PCTName was populated by extracting the corresponding PCT common name from the Bionet Vegetation Classification web service ( No other changes were made to the vegetation map.

VIS_ID 4489

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Language English
Alternative Title SydneyMetroArea_v3_1_2016_E_4489
Edition 3.1
Purpose The purpose of the data is to provide a single detailed coverage of native vegetation communities in the Sydney metropolitan area using standardised vegetation classification. This classification is designed to relate to the objectives of the OEH vegetation information systems and to assist users with the assessment of threatened ecological communities listed under the NSW TSC Act and Commonwealth EPBC Act. It is designed to be used in conjunction with other sources on native vegetation in the study area including existing literature, field investigations and TEC determinations. Precautions are required when using TEC data and caveats noted in Volume 1 technical report (OEH 2016) should be noted.
Frequency of change Unknown
Keywords BOUNDARIES-Biophysical,ECOLOGY-Landscape,FLORA-Native,VEGETATION
Metadata Date 2016-12-14
Date of Asset Creation 2016-12-15
Date of Asset Revision 2018-10-26
Date of Asset Publication 2016-12-16
License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
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Record 1
Object type
Object count
Geospatial Topic Environment

Dataset extent

Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
Temporal Coverage From 2007-01-08 - 2016-12-15
Datum GDA94 Geographic (Lat\Long)
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Attribution Department of Planning and Environment asserts the right to be attributed as author of the original material in the following manner: "© State Government of NSW and Department of Planning and Environment 2016"