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Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

EPBC Act Listed Ecological Communities Mapping in the Lower Hunter



PRN 1213-0236

19 December 2013






Document information

Client: Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Title: EPBC Act Listed Ecological Communities Mapping in the Lower Hunter

Subtitle: PRN 1213-0236

Document No: 2117361B-ECO-REP-001 RevC



Date: 19 December 2013




Rev

Date

Details

A

15/05/2013

Draft

B

07/06/2013

Final

C

19/12/2013

Final




Author, Reviewer and Approver details

Prepared by:

Selga Harrington,
Tanya Bangel

Date: 19/12/2013

Signature:



Reviewed by:

Alex Cockerill

Date: 19/12/2013

Signature:



Approved by:

Alex Cockerill

Date: 19/12/2013

Signature:






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Recommended citation: Cockerill, A., Harrington, S and Bangel, T. (2013). EPBC Act Listed Ecological Communities Mapping in the Lower Hunter. Report funded by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population, and Communities through the Sustainable Regional Development Program. Parsons Brinckerhoff, Canberra.
Contents

Page number


Document information 1

Rev 1


Date 1

Details 1

A 1

15/05/2013 1



Draft 1

B 1


07/06/2013 1

Final 1


C 1

19/12/2013 1

Final 1

Author, Reviewer and Approver details 1



Prepared by: 1

Selga Harrington,


Tanya Bangel 1

Date: 19/12/2013 1

Signature: 1

1

Reviewed by: 2



Alex Cockerill 2

Date: 19/12/2013 2

Signature: 2

2

Approved by: 2



Alex Cockerill 2

Date: 19/12/2013 2

Signature: 2

2

Distribution 2



Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Parsons Brinckerhoff file 2

©Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia Pty Limited 2013 2

Copyright in the drawings, information and data recorded in this document (the information) is the property of Parsons Brinckerhoff. This document and the information are solely for the use of the authorised recipient and this document may not be used, copied or reproduced in whole or part for any purpose other than that for which it was supplied by Parsons Brinckerhoff. Parsons Brinckerhoff makes no representation, undertakes no duty and accepts no responsibility to any third party who may use or rely upon this document or the information. 2

The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian Government or the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that the contents of this publication are factually correct, the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the contents, and shall not be liable for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the contents of this publication. 2

Document owner 2

Abbreviations 5

Executive summary 7

(1)Introduction 9

(1)Introduction 9

(2)Methodology 11

(2)Methodology 11

Alex Cockerill 11

BSc (Hons) 11

Project Director – report review, consultation, expert workshop 11

Selga Harrington 11

BSc (Hons) 11

Project Manager – report preparation, consultation, expert workshop 11

Debbie Landenberger 11

BSc (Hons) 11

Botanist – mapping consolidation, report preparation 11

Allan Richardson 11

BEnvSc (Hons) 11

Ecologist – threatened species assessment 11

Tanya Bangel 11

BSc (Hons) 11

Ecologist – desktop review, report preparation 11

Sam Wilkin 11

Dip GIS 11

GIS team lead 11

Rob Suansri 11

BSc 11

GIS specialist 11



Ashley Trinder 11

BSc 11


GIS specialist 11

Emily Mitchell 11

BDevStud, Cert IV SIS 11

GIS specialist 11

Vegetation Survey, Classification and Mapping Lower Hunter and Central Coast Region (LHCCREMS) 11

Lower Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Management Strategy (2003a) 11

Greater Hunter Native Vegetation Mapping (GHM) 12

Sivertsen et al. (2011) 12

Vegetation of the Cessnock-Kurri region, Cessnock LGA, New South Wales: Survey, Classification and Mapping 12

Bell S and Driscoll C (2007) 12

State Forests Mapping of NSW State Forest 12

NSW State Forests (undated) 12

The Native Vegetation of Yengo and Parr Reserves and Surrounds 12

Department of Environment & Climate Change (2008) 12

Vegetation of the Tomago and Tomaree Sandbeds, Port Stephens, New South Wales. Management of Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems. 12

Bell S and Driscoll C (2006b) 12

The Natural Vegetation of the Maitland LGA 12

Hill L (2003) 12

Vegetation Mapping of the Lake Macquarie LGA: Stages 1-3 12

Bell S and Driscoll C (2012) 12

Vegetation of Werakata, National Park, Hunter Valley, New South Wales 12

Bell S (2004) 12

Glenrock State Conservation Area and Awabakal Nature Reserve Vegetation Survey 12

Bell S (2006) 12

Vegetation mapping of Watagans National Park and Jilliby State Conservation Area 12

Bell S and Driscoll C (2006a) 12

Wollemi National Park Vegetation Survey (1998) 12

Bell S (1998) 12

Blue Gum Hills Vegetation 12

(Blue Gum Hills Vegetation' 1997) 12

Vegetation and floristics of Columbey National Park, lower Hunter Valley, New South Wales 12

Bell S (2009) 12

Yengo National Park and Parr State Conservation Area Vegetation Survey for use in fire management 12

Bell S et al. (1993) 12

White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland and Derived Native Grassland 12

Critically Endangered 12

Littoral Rainforest and Coastal Vine Thickets of Eastern Australia 12

Critically Endangered 12

Lowland Rainforest of Subtropical Australia 12

Critically Endangered 12

Subtropical and temperate coastal saltmarsh 13

Nominated 13

Hinterland Sand Flats Forest and Woodland of the Sydney Basin Bioregion 13

Nominated 13

Hunter Valley Remnant Woodlands and Open Forests 13

Nominated 13

Includes species that fit one or more of the following criteria: 14

This includes species that fit one or more of the criteria below: 14

Includes species that fit one or more of the following criteria: 15

This includes species not known to occur within the TEC that fit one or more of the following criteria: 15

EPBC-listed or nominated Threatened Ecological Communities 15

A number of vegetation types are listed or nominated at the Commonwealth level as being threatened. . 15

10 15

Vegetation was scored as 10 (Listed), 7 (Nominated) or 5 (Further investigation required). Rationale for not using a 3 to 1 range was to not over-inflate the importance the EPBC listing in relation to the other criteria. Where overlaps occurred higher sensitivity areas took precedence. 15



Connectivity specifically to nature reserves 15

Direct connectivity of native vegetation to existing nature reserves is considered to be an important factor in determining lands that may be priority areas. 15

7 15

Extent of vegetated area in relation to nature reserves was assessed. Only vegetation patches that were overlapping or adjoining were defined as being connected. These patches were scored as 1 (true) or 0 (false) 15



Threatened flora habitat value 16

The occurrence of threatened flora and related habitat is considered of high importance. 16

7 16

The NSW Atlas of Wildlife Database records and any SEWPAC ERIN datasets were used to identify patches that are known to contain threatened flora under the TSC and EPBC Acts. This was modelled and scored as patches either containing threatened flora or not containing threatened flora. A recognised limitation of this method is the intensity of surveys being skewed towards populated areas. These patches were scored as 1 (true) or 0 (false) 16



Threatened fauna habitat value 16

The occurrence of threatened fauna and related habitat is considered of high importance. 16

7 16

The NSW Atlas of Wildlife Database records and any SEWPAC ERIN datasets were used to identify patches that are known to contain threatened fauna under the TSC and EPBC Acts. This would be modelled and scored as patches either containing threatened fauna or not containing threatened fauna. A recognised limitation of this method is the intensity of surveys being skewed towards populated areas. These patches were scored as 1 (true) or 0 (false) 16



Patch size 16

Patch size is a consideration when considering integrity of native vegetation within each patch. Generally, the greater the patch size, the greater the integrity or condition. Vegetation integrity reflects general biodiversity values of patches. 16

5 16

Patch sizes were categorised as over 500 ha (3), 100–500 ha (2) or <100 ha (1). 16



Habitat Connectivity 16

Habitat connectivity is considered to be important for native flora and fauna and genetic exchange. 16

5 16

The following corridor mapping was used for determining habitat connectivity: 16



Using spatial analysis the area of habitat corridor for each overlapping TEC area was determined. A coverage percentage was calculated and any TEC area that was covered by a percentage 50% or more was scored as 1 (true). All other areas were scored as 0 (false) 16

(2)Threatened Ecological Communities mapping 20

(2)Threatened Ecological Communities mapping 20

Lake Macquarie LGA (Bell S & Driscoll C 2012) 21

4 21

Littoral Rainforest 21



LHCCREMS (Lower Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Management Strategy 2003b) 21

4 21


Littoral Rainforest 21

GHM (Sivertsen et al. 2011) 21

19 21

Tuckeroo/Yellow Tulipwood/ Red fruited Olive Plum Littoral Rainforest of the lower North Coast 21



GHM (Sivertsen et al. 2011) 21

18 21


Tuckeroo/Lilly Pilly/Coast Banksia Littoral Rainforest 21

Tomago and Tomaree (Bell S & Driscoll C 2006b) 21

14 21

Nerong Littoral Rainforest 21



Glenrock/Awabakal Bell S 2006) 21

8 21


Littoral Rainforest 21

Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 22

1b 22

Bow Wow Subtropical Rainforest 22



LHCCREMS (Lower Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Management Strategy 2003b) 22

1a 22


Coastal Warm Temperate – Subtropical Rainforest 22

Lake Macquarie LGA (Bell S & Driscoll C 2012) 22

1a 22

Coastal Warm Temperate – Subtropical Rainforest 22



GHM (Sivertsen et al. 2011 22

16 22


Black Booyong/Giant Stinging Tree/Rosewood/Moreton Bay Fig lowland subtropical rainforest of the lower north coast 22

GHM (Sivertsen et al. 2011) 22

17 22

Black Booyong/Brown Beech/Soft Coachwood/Rosewood Subtropical Rainforest on the escarpment of the lower north Coast 22



Watagans and Jilliby (Bell S & Driscoll C 2006a) 22

1a 22


Coastal Warm Temperate – Subtropical Rainforest 22

Watagans and Jilliby (Bell S & Driscoll C 2006a) 22

1b 22

Red Cedar – Stinging Tree Subtropical Rainforest 22



Wollemi National Park (Bell 1998) 22

RF3 22


Sandstone Gorge Sub-tropical Rainforest 22

LHCCREMS (Lower Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Management Strategy 2003b) 24

47 24

Mangrove Estuarine Complex 24



GHM (Sivertsen et al. 2011 24

228 24


Mangrove Estuarine Complex 24

Lake Macquarie LGA (Bell S & Driscoll C 2012) 24

47a 24

Saltmarsh 24



Lake Macquarie LGA (Bell S & Driscoll C 2012) 24

47 24


Mangrove Estuarine Complex 24

Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 25

35a 25

Kurri Sand Heath Woodland 25



Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 25

35b 25


Kurri Sand Dropping Red Gum – Stringybark Forest 25

Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 25

35c(i) 25

Kurri Sands Shrub Forest (main variant) 25

Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 25

35c(ii) 25

Kurri Sands Shrub Forest 25

Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 25

35d 25

Kurri Sands Stringybark Forest 25



Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 25

35e 25


Kurri Sands Paperbark Heath 25

Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 25

35f(i) 25

Kurri Sand Claypan Scrub (E. parramattensis variant) 25

Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 25

35f(ii) 25

Kurri Sand Claypan Scrub (E. fibrosa variant) 25

LHCCREMS LHCCREMS (Lower Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Management Strategy 2003b) 25

35 25

Kurri Sand Swamp Woodland 25



Werakata National Park Bell S 2004) 25

4 25


Kurri Sand Swamp Woodland 25

Werakata National Park Bell S 2004) 25

5a 25

Kurri Sands Melaleuca Scrub Forest 25



Werakata National Park Bell S 2004) 25

5b 25


Kurri Sands Melaleuca Scrub Forest 25

GHM (Sivertsen et al. 2011) 26

75 26

Narrow leaved Ironbark/ Grey Box/ Spotted Gum shrub/ grass open forest 26



GHM (Sivertsen et al. 2011) 26

67 26


Spotted Gum/ Red Ironbark/ Large-fruited Grey Gum shrub/ grass open forest 26

GHM (Sivertsen et al. 2011Sivertsen et al. 2011) 26

121 26

Grey Box/ Slaty Box shrub/ grass woodland 26



GHM (Sivertsen et al. 2011Sivertsen et al. 2011) 26

156 26


Narrow-leaved Ironbark/ Grey Box grassy woodland 26

Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 26

17(i) 26

Lower Hunter Spotted Gum – Red Ironbark Forest (main variant) 26

Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 26

17a(ii) 26

Lower Hunter Spotted Gum – Red Ironbark Forest (E. longifolia variant) 26

Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 26

17a(iii) 26

Lower Hunter Spotted Gum – Red Ironbark Forest (E, placita variant) 26

Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 26

17c 26


Lower Hunter Beyer's Ironbark Low Forest 26

Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 26

17i 26

Lower Hunter Grey Box Grassy Forest 26



Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 26

17 m 26


Lower Hunter Narrow-leaved Ironbark Forest 26

Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 26

18 26

Hunter Narrow-leaf Ironbark – Spotted Gum Forest 26



Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 26

18a 26


Hunter Bulloak-Spotted Gum Forest 26

Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 26

18b 26

Central Hunter Grey Box Grassy Forest 26



Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 26

18c 26


Hunter Spotted Gum – Cypress Forest 26

Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 26

18h 26

Hunter Red Ironbark – Spotted Gum Forest 26



Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 26

18i 26


Hunter Redgum – Ironbark Forest 26

Cessnock Kurri Kurri (Bell S & Driscoll C 2007) 27

110 27

Red Ironbark – Paperbark Forest 27



GHM (Sivertsen et al. 2011) 27

82 27


Spotted Gum/ Narrow-leaved Ironbark/ Grey Box shrub/grass open forest of the lower Hunter 27

GHM (Sivertsen et al. 2011) 27

83 27

Spotted Gum/ Narrow-leaved Ironbark. Red Ironbark shrub/ grass open forest of the central and lower hunter 27



GHM Sivertsen et al. 2011) 27

85 27


Narrow-leaved Ironbark/ Bull Oak/ grey Box shrub/ grass open forest of the Central Hunter and lower hunter 27

GHM (Sivertsen et al. 2011) 27

86 27

Narrow-leaved Ironbark/ Grey Box/ Spotted gum shrub/ grass open forest of the central and lower hunter 27



GHM Sivertsen et al. 2011) 27

172 27


Narrow-leaved Ironbark/Grey Box grassy Woodland on the Central and Upper Hunter 27

LHCCREMS (Lower Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Management Strategy 2003b) 27

16 27

Seaham Spotted Gum – Ironbark Forest 27



LHCCREMS (Lower Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Management Strategy 2003b) 27

17 27


Lower Hunter Spotted Gum – Ironbark Forest 27

LHCCREMS (Lower Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Management Strategy 2003b) 27

18 27

Central hunter Ironbark – Spotted Gum – Grey Box Forest 27



Werakata National Park Bell S 2004) 27

1 27


Lower-Hunter Spotted Gum – Ironbark Forest 27

Yengo (Department of Environment & Climate Change 2008) 27

20 27

Hunter Range Ironbark Forest 27



Tomago and Tomaree (Bell S & Driscoll C 2006b) 27

1d 27


Spotted Gum-Ironbark-Stringybark Forest 27

Lake Macquarie LGA (Bell S & Driscoll C 2012) 27

17o 27

Hinterland Spotted Gum – Red Ironbark Forest 27



Blue Gum Hills (Blue Gum Hills Vegetation' 1997) 27

BH3 27


Dry Open forest 27

Blue Gum Hills (Blue Gum Hills Vegetation' 1997) 27

BH4 27

Dry Open forest – disturbed 27



Blue Gum Hills (Blue Gum Hills Vegetation' 1997) 27

BH5 27


Dry Open forest – regen 27

Blue Gum Hills (Blue Gum Hills Vegetation' 1997) 27

BH7 27

Dry Open forest – very disturbed 27



Columbey (Bell S 2009) 27

6 27


6 – Seaham Ironbark Forest 27

Columbey (Bell S 2009) 27

7 27

7 – Seaham Spotted Gum-Ironbark Forest 27



Columbey (Bell S 2009) 28


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