Mapping Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee Woodland

 

Mapping of the KI Narrow-leaved Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) Woodland was undertaken as part of the Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee Restoration Project. One of the impediments to the recovery of KI Narrow-leaved Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) Woodland was not knowing its full distribution. Much of the vegetation on eastern Kangaroo Island, where Eucalyptus cneorifolia occurs, is highly fragmented and not well mapped. This project aimed to address this issue by mapping much of the previously unknown vegetation and then using this information to accurately map the extent of the Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) Woodland threatened ecological community.

During the course of the mapping, field staff visited over 700 individual vegetation patches and surveyed over 3,000ha of remnant bushland. Of the vegetation patches surveyed, over half were Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee Woodland. This newly collected data was combined with existing vegetation mapping data to determine the extent of the Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) Woodland threatened ecological community as defined by the EPBC Act 1999. In total, the Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) Woodland threatened ecological community covers an area of almost 7,880ha and is made up of over 800 individual patches. The below map shows the full extent of the community as mapped by this project.

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For more information about the Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) Woodland click here.

If you have KI Narrow-leaved Mallee on your property and would like to know if it is part of the threatened ecological community, please contact Natural Resources Kangaroo Island on 8553 4444 to arrange for a property-scale map to be produced for you.

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Photo above: Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia).

 


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