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From Forest to Fjaeldmark: Descriptions of Tasmania's Vegetation

Forest to Fjaeldmark CoverThis publication can be downloaded below (in separate parts for ease of downloading).

Cite as: Harris, S and Kitchener, A (2005). From Forest to Fjaeldmark: Descriptions of Tasmania's Vegetation. Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Printing Authority of Tasmania. Hobart.

Additions, Changes and Corrigenda (this version represents the latest update as at April 2009). Cite as: Harris, S and Kitchener, A (2005). From Forest to Fjaeldmark: Additions, Changes and Corrigenda.

The principal aim of this book is to describe the classification of mapping units, including ecological vegetation communities used in TASVEG. However, the historical context of vegetation mapping in Tasmania (Chapter 2) is important because the TASVEG map originates from several mapping processes. An understanding of these is necessary to appreciate how the mapping in Version 1.0 has been integrated. A brief description of Tasmania’s biophysical environment (Chapter 3) is given for the benefit of mapping users outside the State. This will not duplicate the excellent publications already existing, such as Vegetation of Tasmania (Reid et al. 1999), to which serious users of vegetation mapping would be advised to refer for additional information.

The description of each of the 158 mapping units, most of them ecological vegetation communities, form the bulk of this book and will be an essential reference for those seeking to interpret the mapping. The format of these descriptions is consistent, descriptive and cross-referenced with relevant literature and other processes. A photograph of each community is included to assist the user to visualise the community type. Each description includes an example locality, distinguishing features and similar types, a thumbnail distribution map, a list of the bioregions in which the community occurs, the site characteristics, habitat and ecology, the composition and structure of the community and equivalent floristic communities.

Each of these sub-headings in the description is explained in more detail at the beginning of Chapter 4. All the mapping units are grouped in this chapter under 11 headings that reflect major broad vegetation types or landscape types. A key is provided for determining which of the 11 sections will contain the description being sought.

The procedures underpinning the vegetation mapping process, including its GIS processes, are described in a separate technical manual. Many improvements have been made in the mapping since it began. This book is one of a range of publications being produced to support and explain the fundamental natural resource information being developed and maintained in Tasmania.


Chapters 1 to 3 (cover to page 24)
Chapter 4 - Intersectional key and highland treeless vegetation (pages 25-51)
Chapter 4 - Scrub, heath and coastal complexes (pages 52-114)
Chapter 4 - Moorland, sedgeland, rushland and peatland (pages 116-145)
Chapter 4 - Rainforest and related scrub (pages 146-185)
Chapter 4 - Other natural environments; and agricultural, urban and exotic vegetation (pages 186-213)
Chapter 4 - Dry eucalypt forest and woodland (Part 1) (pages 214-253)
Chapter 4 - Dry eucalypt forest and woodland (Part 2) (pages 254-299)
Chapter 4 - Non-eucalypt forest and woodland (pages 300-333)
Chapter 4 - Wet eucalypt forest and woodland (pages 334-379)
Chapter 4 - Native grassland; and saltmarsh and wetland (pages 380-415)
Glossary & abbreviations, appendices, index (pages 416-432)
Additions, changes and corrigenda (This link will go straight to the pdf)

For further information

Contact: Biodiversity Conservation
Margaret Horton
Clerical Support Officer
134 Macquarie Street HOBART TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6233 4139
Fax: 03 6223 8603
Email: Margaret.Horton@dpipwe.tas.gov.au


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