Regional Ecosystems

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Regional Ecosystems (RE’s) are defined vegetation communities that are associated with a particular combination of geology by landform and soil, including changeability within an ecosystem. RE’s have been mapped by the Queensland government for most of the state and given a conservation status known as a Vegetation Management Class. These classes are classified under the categories of endangered, of concern and of least concern. Regional ecosystem maps are available for individual properties and are free of charge. Amongst other things, an RE map will show the boundaries of mapped RE’s, the RE code and each mapped area will have a shading to indicate its conservation status.

Regional ecosystem codes are made up of three components:

  1. Bioregion - is a biogeographic region that the regional ecosystem is found in e.g. 11
  2. Land zone – is a land zone that the regional ecosystem occurs on e.g. 12
  3. Vegetation – is the vegetation type within that ecosytem e.g. 9

Example of a regional ecosystem number is 11.12.9. This regional ecosystem number specifically refers to the Brigalow Belt (bioregion BRB 11). This region occurs on hills and lowlands on igneous rocks (land zone 12) with Eucalyptus platyphylla (poplar gum) woodland (vegetation identifier 9). A description of each RE can be found on the RE description database.

Regional ecosystems are protected by the Vegetation Management Act 1999 (Qld) and some have higher levels of protection than others, depending on their Vegetation Management Class. If you intend carrying out clearing or thinning of areas mapped as remnant on a RE map you need to check with your local state Vegetation Management Officer before carrying out any changes.

Learning about the RE’s on your property can help you identify the plants you already have and assist you to plan for the future knowing more about the land’s capabilities.

Related information

Example of RE mapping
Example of RE mapping
The red and orange regions are of higher conservation status than the surrounding green areas. Cleared non-vegetated / non-remnant areas are light yellow.

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