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Natural Resource Zones of the South West Land Division Western Australia

Allison, H.E., Brandenburg, S.A. and Beeston, G.R. (1993) Natural Resource Zones of the South West Land Division Western Australia. Environmental Protection Authority, Perth, Western Australia.


The Natural resource zones of the South West Land Division provides a new way of grouping areas which have similar natural characteristics. Land information is often presented disaggregated into Shires. However, these have artificial boundaries which can aggregate very different kinds of land. Natural Resource Zones provides alternative boundaries in which the zones have similar characteristics. These zones will be used in the development of strategies for the protection and management of natural resources in the South West Land Division of Western Australia. It provides a framework in which natural resource data may be reported and analysed on an ecologically meaningful basis. The principles of this system may be extended to cover the whole state.

This system was developed to assist in the production and management of native vegetation. Therefore in this report native vegetation, a natural resource, has been used as a worked example to demonstrate the principles and the applicability of the system. However, the Natural Resource Zones may be of use with any other natural resource database in a similar manner.

The relative merits and disadvantages of the Natural Resource Zones are discussed and its potential value to Government and community groups throughout the South West Land Division of Western Australia are highlighted.

Publication Type: Report
Series Name: Technical Series 55
Publisher: Environmental Protection Authority
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