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Natural resources


This 2009 report describes the mapping of landform, vegetation and soils undertaken in the Ord River Catchment in the East Kimberley of Western Australia in order to provide a basis for biodiversity benchmarking. The project: • brought together and standardised existing Ord River catchment land resource mapping held by the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) and Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) in a format compatible with adjoining mapping in the Northern Territory • mapped to land unit level an additional 4400 sq km of the Ord River catchment. • re-digitised 2200 sq km of vegetation mapping previously not accurately displayed in a Geographical Information System with other land resource data. • utilised and built on existing DAFWA database systems to ensure post project security of data and mapping and that this information would remain accessible to land managers, government agencies, and other interested parties to inform further work. The report concentrates on how the mapping and information was prepared rather than presenting the detailed mapping and descriptions that are now available on-line. An accompanying map shows boundaries of the new and existing land unit mapping across the catchment, while the report contains interpretive vegetation mapping of the Lower Ord RAMSAR site and landform mapping of the central Ord Catchment.

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Ord River (WA), Western Australia


The report provides an overview and background of historical data and mapping utilized, methods, resultant outcomes and areas requiring further work. The new and updated mapping can now be browsed, viewed and queried on-line, on the NRInfo web map portal ( - using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox)

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