Flora and Vegetation Survey
EcoSmart Ecology is able to provide our clients with industry leading flora and vegetation assessment.
Vegetation Mapping and Assessment
The description and classification of vegetation has been adopted by both state and federal regulators as a surrogacy for biodiversity. As such, vegetation communities form a fundamental unit for application of environmental management measures and are generally used in the broadest sense to guide ecologically sensitive planning. The classification of vegetation communities and development of accurate vegetation mapping is therefore vital to inform conservation management, formulating management actions, understanding habitat values, and evaluating appropriate compensatory or offset requirements.
Existing vegetation can also be affected by varying degrees of disturbance, with those areas demonstrating natural or intact habitat features of higher conservation value than similar habitats that have been highly disturbed. BioCondition assessment evaluates disturbance levels by comparing vegetation against relevant ‘benchmark’ vegetation. Similar to the ‘BioCondition’ assessment, Ecological Equivalence Methodology is a process for evaluating the suitability of offset areas to meet legislative requirements, and considers the level of disturbance both within ‘lost’ and ‘offset’ vegetation.
Targeted Surveys and Monitoring
EcoSmart Ecology is able to provide services for the targeted survey of threatened or weed plant species. Targeted surveys require a variety of specialist skills including an understanding of the ecology of the target species, species identification, assessment of population health, threats and management requirements, GIS mapping and statistical analysis for the demonstration of plant abundance/population estimation.
Vegetation community (including regional ecosystem and threatened ecological community) classification and spatial analysis (aerial photographic interpretation and GIS mapping
Population density mapping
Baseline terrestrial flora survey (inventory)
Threatened and pest species targeted surveys
BioCondition assessment and Ecological Equivalence Methodology
Evaluating existing vegetation mapping accuracy