Theme 4 – Planning and management
Regional Ecosystems mapping
Information at your fingertips about the vegetation communities of Queensland
Did you know that the QLD government has mapped more than 90% of the vegetation across the State, including all of north Queensland? Here’s how to find it.
The regional ecosystem (RE) mapping lets you learn more about the vegetation communities in your area. It is carried out using a specific mapping methodology [more info]. Using GPS co-ordinates or a lot on plan number you can download a remnant regional ecosystem map here.
The map shows the regional ecosystems that are mapped for your area. Each regional ecosystem is described using a numbering code, the RE code, e.g. 9.8.2. The first number is the bioregion, the second the landzone, and the third the vegetation type.
Using the RE code you can access the Regional Ecosystem Description Database (REDD) to learn more about a specific regional ecosystem. The REDD provides a summary of all regional ecosystems mapped in Queensland.
Using the RE code you can also download a technical description which provides more detailed information about specific regional ecosystems. These are based on ground survey data from the Queensland Herbarium’s floristic database (CORVEG) and field sampling.
The regional ecosystem maps are an essential component for the administration of the Vegetation Management Act 1999 and define category B environmentally sensitive areas under the Environmental Protection Act 1994. They are an important tool for land management, including conservation and planning.
As part of the Queensland Herbarium’s State-wide Regional Ecosystems Mapping Programme, the ATH mapping team is carrying out the RE mapping for the Cape York Peninsula and Einasleigh Uplands bioregions.
ATH mapping team:
Eda Addicott, Principal Botanist
Peter Bannink, GIS Officer
Mark Newton, Technical Officer