New maps help protect our native species

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Department of the Environment

Media Release 19 August 2014

The Department of the Environment today released more than 1700 new maps and data that local communities can use to find threatened species in their area.

Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews said the maps and data were a valuable resource for local groups and natural resource managers, allowing them to target their conservation efforts.

“This information is being made publicly available for the first time. For people to care about their local environment, they need to know what’s there and understand just how precious it is. That’s why tools like this are so important,” Mr Andrews said.

The maps and data focus on native flora and fauna that are listed under national environment law as vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered. If we want to protect these plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs and fish from further decline, we need to share our resources with community groups on the ground.

The maps were developed by the Department using details from state, territory and national databases as well as information published in species recovery plans and listing advice. The maps are general enough to ensure threatened plants and wildlife can’t be illegally collected or disturbed.

The maps are accompanied by associated data including:

  • an industry standard grid which can be loaded into a geographic information system (GIS)
  • a summary spreadsheet which provides an index to each species map and links to further information
  • a user guide explaining how the maps were generated.

Members of the public are encouraged to provide feedback through the website so that the maps can be kept up to date.

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