From Forest to Fjaeldmark: Descriptions of Tasmania's Vegetation (Edition 2)

​​​​​​​​​​​From Forest to Fjaeldmark is the technical reference publication for the TASVEG mapping dataset. ​​

The aim of this manual is to describe the classification of mapping units used within TASVEG. However, the historical context of vegetation mapping in Tasmania is also important because the TASVEG map originates from several mapping processes. An understanding of these is necessary to appreciate how the mapping in TASVEG has evolved over time. 

​The descriptions in each section are updated to align with the current mapping. The introductory text in each section provides a summary of the revision. Check the revision date to ensure that your downloaded material is the most current available.​​

From Forest to Fjaeldmark downloads​​

Forest to Fjaeldmark cover

Introduction (revised January 2016)

Introductory text, including foreword and historical, geographical and environmental context of vegetation mapping in Tasmania.

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Introduction (PDF 1Mb)

​​​Forest to Fjaeldmark vegetation communities guide to the descriptions and intersectional key cover

Guide to descriptions and intersectional key (revised August 2018​​​​)

Outline of the content and formatting for the vegetation community descriptions.

Also includes an intersectional key for determining which community a particular vegetation assemblage belongs.

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Guide to descriptions and intersectional key (PDF 493Kb)

Forest to Fjaeldmark dry eucalypt forest and woodand cover

Dry eucalyptus forest and woodland (revised April 2019)

Description of dry eucalyptus forest and woodland vegetation communities.

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Dry eucalyptus forest and woodland (PDF 5Mb)

Forest to Fjaeldmark highland treeless vegetation cover

Highland and treeless vegetation (revised August 2022)

Description of highland and treeless vegetation communities.

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Highland and treeless vegetation (PDF 2Mb)

Modified land (revised March 2021)

Description of modified land communities.​

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Modified Land (PDF 3Mb)

Forest to Fjaeldmark moorland, sedgeland, rushland and peatland cover

Moorland, sedgeland and rushland (revised February 2018)

Description of moorland, sedgeland and rushland vegetation communities.

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Moorland, sedgeland and rushland (PDF 1Mb)

​​Forest to Fjaeldmark native grassland cover

Native grassland (revised March 2021)

Description of native grassland vegetation communities.

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Native grassland (PDF 1Mb)

Forest to Fjaeldmark non eucalypt forest woodlands cover

Non-eucalypt forest and woodland (revised May 2018)

Description of non-eucalypt forest and woodland vegetation communities.​

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Non-eucalypt forest and woodland (PDF 2Mb)

Forest to Fjaeldmark other natural environments cover

Other natural environments (revised August 2022)

Description of other natural environments.

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Other natural environments (PDF 1Mb)

Forest to Fjaeldmark rainforest related scrub cover

Rainforest and related scrub (revised March 2021)

Description of rainforest and related scrub environments.​

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Rainforest and related scrub (PDF 4Mb)

Forest to Fjaeldmark saltmarsh and wetland cover

Saltmarsh and wetland (revised March 2021)

Description of saltmarsh and wetland vegetation communities.​

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Saltmarsh and wetland (PDF 2Mb)

Forest to Fjaeldmark scrub heath and coastal complexes cover

Scrub, heathland and coastal complexes (revised March 2021)

Description of scrub, heathland and coastal complexes vegetation communities.​

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Scrub, heathland and coastal complexes (PDF 5Mb)

Forest to Fjaeldmark table of floristic equivalents - Scrub, heathland and coastal complexes cover

Table of Floristic Equivalents - scrub, heathland and coastal complexes.

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Table of Floristic Equivalents - scrub, heathland and coastal complexes (PDF 1Mb)

Forest to Fjaeldmark wet eucalypt forest and woodland cover

Wet eucalypt forest and woodland (revised May 2018)

Description of wet eucalypt forest and woodland vegetation communities.​

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Wet eucalypt forest and woodland (PDF 3Mb)

Forest to Fjaeldmark vegetation of maquarie island cover

Macquarie Island vegetation

Description of Macquarie Island vegetation communities.​

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Macquarie Island vegetation (PDF 1Mb)

Forest to Fjaeldmark summary of changes to the classification of vegetation communities cover

Summary of changes to the classification of vegetation communities

Diagram indicating changes to vegetation community codes since TASVEG 2.0​

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Summary of changes to the classification of vegetation communities (PDF 507Kb)

Forest to Fjaeldmark glossary, abbreviations and appendices cover

Glossary & abbreviations, appendices (revised October 2017)

 Forest to Fjaeldmark: Glossary & abbreviations, appendices (PDF 519Kb)


Kitchener, A. & Harris, S. (2013). From Forest to Fjaeldmark​: Descriptions of Tasmania's Vegetation. Edition 2. Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Tasmania.

This web document undergoes regular revision. It is recommended that the URL for this page and the date of ​retrieval is added to the suggested citation (above) as follows:

Available at​ [Verified Day Month Year].

About Forest to Fjaeldmark​​

A description of Tasmania's biophysical environment, including that of the sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island, is given for the benefit of users from outside the state. From Forest to Fjaeldmark will not duplicate the excellent publications already existing, such as Vegetation of Tasmania (Reid et al. 1999) and Subantarctic Macquarie Island: environment and biology (Selkirk et al. 1990), to which serious users of vegetation mapping would be advised to refer for additional information.

The description for each of the 162 mapping units, most of them ecological vegetation communities, form the bulk of this manual and will be an essential reference for those seeking to interpret the mapping. The format of these descriptions is consistent, descriptive and cross-referenced with relevant literature and other processes. 

A colour photograph of each community is included to help the user visualise the community type. Each description includes: 

  • an example locality

  • distinguishing features and similar types

  • a thumbnail distribution map

  • a list of the bioregions in which the community occurs

  • the site characteristics

  • habitat and ecology

  • the composition and structure of the community

  • equivalent floristic communities 

The section titled Guide to descriptions and Intersectional key provides an explanation for each of the sub-headings within the community descriptions and also contains the intersectional key, which can be used to determine which of the 12 sections will contain the description being sought.


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