Council updating hinterland vegetation mapping

BYRON Shire Council is seeking landowner input to help them update vegetation mapping for the hinterland areas of the Shire.

The council have asked residents in the mapped areas to help them review the draft mapping for their property and provide feedback to Council.

The study area includes the majority of the Byron hinterland including Bangalow, Eureka, Federal, Clunes, Goonengerry, Montecollum, Wilson Creek, Mullum Creek, The Pocket, Main Arm, Upper Main Arm and  Billinudgel.

Council's team leader natural environment, Angus Underwood, said the specialist consultants have reviewed the maps using 2014 aerial photographs, existing vegetation survey data and are currently undertaking on-ground inspections.

"The review is necessary to update the maps to reflect changes to vegetation cover and composition over time," he said.

"The vegetation mapping provides baseline data which Council can use to identify high conservation value vegetation such as endangered ecological communities, koala habitat, old growth forest and wetlands, and to identify priority areas for conservation programs, land use planning and zoning."

Landcare, community groups, consultants, government bodies and landholders can also use the mapping to inform planning and management of vegetation and habitats.

Landowners within the hinterland study area have been sent letters encouraging them to view the updated maps and provide feedback to Council.

"If you believe that what's on your land is different to the maps, we'd like to hear from your so we can correct the information," Mr Underwood said.

"This will improve the maps so they can be used with a high level of confidence."

The maps can be viewed at http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/public-exhibition or ring Council's Natural Environment team on 6626 7324.

The draft vegetation mapping is on public exhibition until October 15.

Following a review of landowner submissions, Council staff will review the vegetation mapping of properties and may request an opportunity to complete an onsite inspection at a time that suits the owner.



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