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Fine Scale Vegetation Mapping for the LGA

Coffs Harbour City Council at its meeting of the 13th of December 2012 adopted the Fine-Scale Vegetation Mapping Layer (Version1.1 2012) and associated reference documents.


Quick Reference Summary Document

What is it and why do we need it?
The map details the vegetation communities of the Coffs Harbour LGA. Overall, the variety of soil moisture gradients, geologies and topography supports a diverse array of vegetation communities. The mapping provides information on the type and extent of vegetation communities in the LGA. It will assist with the identification of threatened ecological communities and vegetation communities that are under-represented. Comparisons of vegetation community distribution and extent in the LGA have also been determined.

What does fine scale mean?
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has defined vegetation class mapping from Class 1 (coarse) to Class 5 (fine). The Coffs Harbour Fine-Scale Vegetation Map was captured using high resolution digital imagery and produced at a scale of less than 1:5,000 with a minimum patch size of less than 0.25 ha. 

Who has been involved?
The development of the Class 5 Vegetation Map has been a multi-agency initiative supported by Coffs Harbour City Council, the Office of Environment and Heritage and the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority. It is anticipated that the fine-scale vegetation map will be adopted by a range of end-users and natural resource managers and be considered the ‘benchmark’ for vegetation assessment in the Coffs Harbour LGA.

The development of the fine-scale vegetation mapping program was conducted for the Coffs Harbour City Council Local Government Area (LGA) over a two year period from 2010–2012 using the latest digital technologies.   

The map is accompanied by two volumes of scientific data that detail the methodologies used and vegetation community types found within the LGA. 



VOLUME 1: Project Report - Volume 1 details the methodology used to derive the Fine-scale Vegetation Map for the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area.


   VOLUME 2: Vegetation Community Profiles - Volume 2 provides a detailed description of each of the vegetation communities identified in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area.
   Use our online mapping tool to see the Fine-Scale Vegetation Mapping layer

The plant communities of the Coffs Harbour Area 
The project has mapped existing vegetation cover, classified and identified vegetation communities across the entire Coffs Harbour LGA. The mapping and classification system were informed by existing mapping and field survey program involving 3,754 on-ground sites .

It has identified 79 vegetation communities:

  • 66 were derived from data collected during 534 full plant surveys, and
  • 13 were identified from aerial photograph interpretation (API).

Want more information?
Contact Coffs Harbour City Council's Biodiversity team on (02) 6648 4000.