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New data for better planning decisions

Comprehensive data about coastal values will provide coastal land managers and other stakeholders with information to make better planning decisions.

A new set of coastal vegetation, fauna habitat and geomorphic data has been produced by two Natural Heritage Trust-funded coastal values projects, managed by the Environment Division's coastal and marine branch.

The projects looked at a 100-metre wide coastal strip of the northern and southern Tasmania Natural Resource Management Regions, collected and then assessed a range of vegetation, species habitat and geomorphic values data.

The data sets are:
• Tasmanian Quaternary Coastal Sediments Polygon Map describing sediment types, landform types and dune mobility of coastal landforms.
• Coastal Values Vegetation Map
• Coastal Values Vegetation Significance Map
• Coastal Values Native Vegetation Condition Map
• Coastal Values Native Vegetation Viability Map
• Coastal Values Fauna Significance Map
• Coastal Values Observed Fauna Habitat Map
• Coastal Values Potential Fauna Habitat Map
• An update of 1,800 kilometres of the Tasmanian Shoreline Geomorphic Types Line Map, which describes landform types in a simple, yet detailed descriptive format.

The vegetation and fauna habitat data sets are already available on the LIST.

They can be accessed at www.thelist.tas.gov.au. Follow the links to the 'Coastal Values' layer in the layer management function of LISTMaps. The geomorphic data is in the process of being uploaded.

Experienced GIS Software users can also obtain all of the data sets on CD from the Coastal and Marine Branch to upload onto their own computers.

For more information about the projects, please contact Kristy Blackburn, Coastal and Marine Branch on 6233 3947.