Tasmanian Geoconservation Database
The database is a resource for anyone with an interest in conservation and the environment. However, the principal aim is to make information on sites of geoconservation significance available to land managers, in order to assist them manage these values.
Being aware of a listed site can assist parties involved in works or developments to plan their activities. This may involve measures to avoid, minimise or mitigate impacts to geoconservation values.
More than a thousand sites are currently listed. These range in scale from individual rock outcrops and cuttings that expose important geological sections, to landscape-scale features that illustrate the diversity of Tasmania’s geomorphic features and processes. Many of the sites are very robust and unlikely to be affected by human activities; others are highly sensitive to disturbance and require careful management. (See information on significance and site sensitivity.)
The TGD can be accessed in two ways:
1. Go to the LIST www.thelist.tas.gov.au
2. Click LISTmap
3. Select Theme: Other
4. Choose base layers eg. 1:25000 Map Series
5. Choose quick link eg. Entire State (map should appear)
6. Click Manage Layers
7. Set Available Categories on the pull down menu to Natural Environment - Geoconservation
8. Use the arrows to select and transfer Geoconservation Sites from the Available Layers box to the Displayed Layers box.
9. Click Apply if geoconservation sites are not plotted off the map zoom in to the area of interest until they appear.
10. To get site attributes highlight Geoconservation Sites in the Layers box and then click on the poly using the information tool.
Go to www.naturalvaluesatlas.tas.gov.au and see the New User section to download an Access Form to register and submit to request access to the site. When access is granted click on the Geodiversity tab then Geosite Search. NVA geosites may then be searched for according to a range of text attributes. You may have to scroll down to see all of the search form and find the search button. Click 'Search' and scroll down to see a list of results.
Alternatively, NVA geosites may be searched for by spatial criteria. On the search form click the map icon next to the 'Search Area' box. This will open the map viewer. Zoom in using the magnifier tool then use the polygon tool (indicated by a rectangle) to draw an outline of your area of interest. Double click to close the polygon then click the green tick to return to the NVA and load your polygon as a spatial search term. Click 'Search' and scroll down to see a list of results.
When search results are returned you can use the blue 'Details' buttons to explore several levels of site attributes. When viewing site attributes clicking on the small map icon next to the 'Position (GDA94)' box will launch a map viewer in a separate window.
From the search results some standardised reports can be generated by checking either 'Comprehensive' or 'Assessment' and then clicking 'Request Reports'.
Tasmanian Geoconservation Database Reference Group - Terms of Reference.)
The TGD was published on the LIST in 2006 and is updated annually (see Listing Process).
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