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Land clearing impact on woody native vegetation

Key Finding

In 2016–2017, 356,000 hectares per year (ha/year) of woody vegetation was cleared, statewide. This represented a 9% decrease from 2015–2016. In 2017–2018, 392,000 hectares per year (ha/year) of woody vegetation was cleared, statewide. This represented a 10% increase from 2016–2017.

Queensland

Land clearing is mapped annually in Queensland by the Statewide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS). SLATS uses Landsat satellite imagery to map the location and extent of woody vegetation clearing that is the result of human removal of vegetation across the entire state of Queensland.

The total woody vegetation clearing rate for Queensland in 2016–2017 was 356,000ha/year. This represented a 9% decrease from the 2015–2016 woody vegetation clearing rate of 390,000ha/year. In 2017–2018, the clearing rate was 392,000ha/year, a 10% increase from the 2016–2017 reporting period.

Clearing of remnant woody vegetation decreased from 132,000ha/year in 2015–2016 to 78,000ha/year in 2016–2017, a 41% reduction. This represented 22% of the total statewide woody vegetation clearing in 2016–2017. Remnant woody vegetation clearing decreased a further 5% in 2017–2018 to 74,000ha/year. This represented 19% of the total statewide woody vegetation clearing.

In 2017–2018, the non-remnant woody vegetation clearing rate was 318,000ha/year, 14% higher than the 278,000ha/yr cleared in 2016–2017.  In 2015–2016, the non-remnant woody vegetation clearing rate was 257,000ha/yr.

Pasture has historically been the dominant land cover replacement class in SLATS mapping of land clearing, and it remained as such in both the 2016–2017 and 2017–2018 reporting periods, representing approximately 91% and 93% of the total statewide clearing, respectively. Other land cover replacement classes including crops, forestry, mining, infrastructure and settlement comprised the remainder.

Brigalow Belt

The Brigalow Belt (BRB) bioregion recorded the highest rate of woody vegetation clearing of all bioregions in the state in 2016–2017 and 2017–2018.

The rate of 204,000 hectares per year (ha/year) in 2017–2018 made up 52% of the statewide total.

This was a 6% increase from the woody vegetation clearing rate in 2016–2017 (193,000ha/year). The 2017–2018 rate was slightly lower than that of 2015–2016 (207,000ha/year).

The rate of remnant woody vegetation clearing in 2017–2018 was 23,000ha/year compared with 37,000ha/year in 2016–2017 and 45,000ha/year in 2015–2016.

The non-remnant woody vegetation clearing in the BRB increased by 16% between 2016–2017 (156,000ha/year) and 2017–2018 (181,000ha/year).

Pasture was the dominant replacement land cover class, representing 94% of the total clearing for both 2016–2017 and 2017–2018. Cropping was the second highest land cover replacement class at 3% and 4% of total clearing for 2016–2017 and 2017–2018, respectively, within BRB.

Cape York Peninsula

The woody vegetation clearing rate for 2016–2017 in the Cape York Peninsula (CYP) bioregion was 4,000 hectares per year (ha/year), a 57% increase from 2015–2016.

In 2017–2018, the clearing rate was 2,000ha/year, a 32% decrease from 2016–2017.

Remnant woody vegetation clearing made up 57% of total clearing in CYP in 2017–2018. This compared with 78% of total clearing in 2016–2017.

Mining was the dominant replacement land cover class in CYP accounting for 84% of total clearing.

Central Queensland Coast

The woody vegetation clearing rate for the Central Queensland Coast (CQC) bioregion was 2,000 hectares per year (ha/year) for 2016–2017. This represented a 58% decrease in the clearing rate compared with the 2015–2016 SLATS reporting period.

In 2017–2018, there was a further 12% decrease in the clearing rate since 2016–2017.

Clearing of remnant woody vegetation decreased by 48% in 2016–2017 from 2015–2016. The clearing rate also decreased by 52% between 2016–2017 and 2017–2018.

Remnant clearing made up 38% and 21% of total clearing in CQC for 2016–2017 and 2017–2018, respectively.

Pasture dominated as a replacement land cover class, at 85% in 2016–2017 and 72% in 2017–2018.

Channel Country

The woody vegetation clearing rate in the Channel Country (CHC) bioregion was less than 1,000 hectares per year (ha/year) in 2016–2017 and 2017–2018.

While the total clearing rate for the CHC was relatively low compared to other bioregions, the rate of remnant woody vegetation clearing increased two-fold between 2016–2017 and 2017–2018. Clearing of remnant woody vegetation in 2016–2017 and 2017–2018 accounted for 61% and 96%, respectively, of total clearing in CHC. The CHC is generally dominated by non-woody vegetation communities.

Pasture remained the dominant replacement land cover class, accounting for 98% and 97% of total clearing in 2016–2017 and 2017–2018, respectively.

Desert Uplands

The woody vegetation clearing rate for the Desert Uplands (DEU) bioregion for 2016–2017 was 31,000 hectares per year (ha/year), slightly less than 2015–2016 (32,000ha/year). In 2017–2018 it was 21,000ha/year, a decrease of 32% from 2016–2017.

The remnant woody vegetation clearing rate was 8,000ha/year in 2016–2017, a decrease of 51% from the 2015–2016 remnant clearing rate (17,000ha/year). The remnant clearing rate decreased a further 23% in 2017–2018 to 6,000ha/year compared with the 2016–2017 rate.

Remnant woody vegetation clearing accounted for 30% of total clearing in 2017–2018 in DEU.

The pasture replacement land cover class accounted for almost all woody vegetation clearing in DEU in these reporting periods.

Einasleigh Uplands

The woody vegetation clearing rate for the Einasleigh Uplands (EIU) bioregion was 4,000 hectares per year (ha/year) in 2016–2017, similar to the previous reporting period.

In 2017–2018, the clearing rate was 2,000ha/year, a decrease of 41% in the clearing rate in 2016–2017.

In the 2016–2017 reporting period, the clearing rate of remnant woody vegetation decreased by 10% while non-remnant clearing increased by 47% from the previous period.  The remnant woody vegetation clearing rate decreased by 52% between 2016–2017 and 2017–2018.

Remnant woody vegetation clearing made up 72% and 59% of total clearing in EIU in 2016–2017 and 2017–2018, respectively.

Pasture remained the dominant replacement land cover class for both reporting periods in the EIU bioregion.

Gulf Plains

The woody vegetation clearing rate for the Gulf Plains (GUP) bioregion was 4,000 hectares per year (ha/year) in 2017–2018. This represented a 19% decrease from 2016–2017 (5,000ha/year). The clearing rate in 2016–17 represented a 75% decrease compared with the 2015–2016 reporting period (20,000ha/year).

The remnant woody vegetation clearing rate in for 2016–2017 was 4,000ha/year (75% of total clearing). This was a 78% decrease from the 2015–2016 remnant clearing rate of 16,000ha/year.

In 2017–2018, the remnant woody vegetation clearing rate was 2,000ha/year, a 53% decrease from the remnant clearing rate in 2016–2017.

Pasture was the dominant replacement land cover class for all reporting periods in the GUP bioregion.

Mitchell Grass Downs

The woody vegetation clearing rate in the Mitchell Grass Downs (MGD) bioregion was 14,000 hectares per year (ha/year) in 2016–2017. This was 3% more than the clearing rate in 2015–2016 (13,000ha/year).

In 2017–2018, the woody vegetation clearing rate was 25,000ha/year, an increase of 83% from 2016–2017 (14,000ha/year).

Remnant woody vegetation clearing decreased by 25% from 6,000ha/year in 2015–2016 to 5,000ha/year in 2017–2018. In 2017–2018, remnant clearing was 8,000ha/year, a 60% increase from the 2016–2017 reporting period (5,000ha/year).

The non-remnant clearing rate in 2017–2018 was 18,000ha/year. This was a 96% increase compared with the previous reporting period (9,000ha/year in 2016–2017).

The pasture accounted for all woody vegetation clearing in MGD.

Mulga Lands

In 2017–2018, the Mulga Lands (MUL) bioregion recorded the second highest woody vegetation clearing rate of all bioregions across Queensland at 106,000 hectares per year (ha/year). This represented 27% of the total statewide clearing.

In 2016–2017, the woody vegetation clearing rate was 73,000ha/year while in 2015–2016, 82,000ha/year was cleared.

The rate of clearing of remnant woody vegetation in 2016–2017 was 14,000ha/year (19% of total clearing in MUL). This represented a 63% decrease in the remnant woody vegetation clearing rate from 2015–2016 (38,000ha/year).

In 2017–2018, the rate of clearing of remnant woody vegetation was 29,000ha/year (27% of total clearing in MUL). This represented a 110% increase in the remnant woody vegetation clearing rate from 2016–2017.

Non-remnant woody vegetation clearing increased from 45,000ha/year in 2015–2016 to 59,000ha/year in 2016–2017 and again increased to 77,000ha/year in 2017–2018.

The pasture replacement land cover class accounted for the majority of woody vegetation cleared in MUL.

New England Tableland

The New England Tableland (NET) bioregion recorded a woody vegetation clearing rate of 4,000 hectares per year (ha/year) in 2016–2017. This represented a 47% increase in the woody vegetation clearing rate from the previous period.

In 2017–2018, the woody vegetation clearing rate decreased by 20% from 2016–2017.

Remnant woody vegetation clearing in this bioregion was less than 1,000ha/year for both 2016–2017 and 2017–2018. The remnant clearing rate increased by 20% in 2016–2017 from the previous period and decreased by 8% between 2016–2017 and 2017–2018.

Non-remnant clearing increased by 52% from 2015–2016 to 3,000ha/year in 2016–2017.

Clearing of non-remnant vegetation decreased by 22% from 2016–2017 to 2017–2018.

Remnant woody vegetation clearing contributed 14% and 16% of total clearing in NET for 2016–2017 and 2017–2018, respectively.

Pasture was the dominant replacement land cover class for both periods.

Northwest Highlands

The total woody vegetation clearing rate for Northwest Highlands (NWH) bioregion was less than 1,000 hectares per year (ha/year) in both 2016–2017 and 2017–2018.

The clearing rate in 2016–2017 represented an increase of 2% from the previous 2015–2016 reporting period, while in 2017–2018 the clearing rate decreased by 63% from 2016–2017.

The rate of remnant woody vegetation clearing increased by 6% between 2015–2016 and 2016–2017 and decreased by 69% between 2016–2017 and 2017–2018. The majority of clearing in this bioregion was classed as remnant woody vegetation during 2016–2017 (99% of total clearing) and 2017–2018 (82% of total clearing).

Pasture was the dominant replacement land cover class of total woody vegetation clearing in NWH in both periods.

Southeast Queensland

The total woody vegetation clearing rate for the Southeast Queensland (SEQ) bioregion in 2017–2018 was 21,000 hectares per year (ha/year), a decrease of 15% from 2016–2017.

In 2016–2017, the total woody vegetation clearing rate was 24,000ha/year, a 16% increase on 2015–2016.

Remnant woody vegetation clearing decreased by 8% between 2015–2016 and 2016–2017. This represented 11% of total clearing for the 2016–2017 mapping period in SEQ. Non-remnant woody vegetation clearing increased by 20% between 2015–2016 and 2016–2017.

In 2017–2018, clearing of remnant woody vegetation decreased by 8% from 2016–2017. This represented 12% of total clearing in that reporting period. There was also a decrease of 16% in non-remnant woody vegetation clearing between 2016–2017 and 2017–2018.

In 2016–2017, forestry was the dominant replacement land cover class in SEQ, accounting for 50% of total clearing. Pasture made up a further 40% of the total clearing.

In 2017–2018, pasture replaced forestry as the dominant replacement land cover class at 46% of total clearing. Forestry was slightly less at 44% of the total clearing.

Wet Tropics

The total woody vegetation clearing rate in the Wet Tropics (WET) bioregion was 2,000 hectares per year (ha/year) in 2016–2017. This represented a 32% increase of woody vegetation clearing from 2015–2016 for the bioregion.

In 2017–2018, the total woody vegetation clearing rate was 1,000ha/year, a decrease of 35% from 2016–2017.

The rate of remnant woody vegetation clearing increased by 47% in 2016–2017 compared to the previous period. This was 15% of total clearing in the bioregion in 2016–2017. Non-remnant clearing increased by 30% between 2015–2016 and 2016–2017.

In contrast, remnant woody vegetation clearing decreased by 34% in 2017–2018 (16% of total clearing), and non-remnant clearing also decreased by 35% compared to the previous period.

Forestry continued to be the largest replacement land cover class in the WET bioregion, accounting for 78% of total clearing in 2016–2017 and 71% in 2017–2018.

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Proportion of total woody vegetation clearing, by bioregion

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RegionBrigalow BeltCape York PeninsulaCentral Queensland CoastChannel CountryDesert UplandsEinasleigh UplandsGulf PlainsMitchell Grass DownsMulga LandsNew England TablelandNorthwest HighlandsSoutheast QueenslandWet Tropics
1988–1989453,9532,4434,3761,66146,7047,0706,96852,946124,9775,44215315,8293,613
1989–1990453,9532,4434,3761,66146,7047,0706,96852,946124,9775,44215315,8293,613
1990–1991453,9532,4434,3761,66146,7047,0706,96852,946124,9775,44215315,8293,613
1991–1992160,9491,3271,76620335,8202,6351,22519,68665,9132,1095311,5893,320
1992–1993160,9491,3271,76620335,8202,6351,22519,68665,9132,1095311,5893,320
1993–1994160,9491,3271,76620335,8202,6351,22519,68665,9132,1095311,5893,320
1994–1995160,9491,3271,76620335,8202,6351,22519,68665,9132,1095311,5893,320
1995–1996199,6932,2305,0542,19733,2554,0014,59216,69856,6393,25153715,1012,201
1996–1997199,6932,2305,0542,19733,2554,0014,59216,69856,6393,25153715,1012,201
1997–1998245,4961,8792,67547239,8282,7021,74718,69583,4353,02286615,6251,201
1998–1999245,4961,8792,67547239,8282,7021,74718,69583,4353,02286615,6251,201
1999–2000364,8931,4075,70835765,2435,4501,66452,444191,4552,90459121,8691,486
2000–2001211,4162,0893,52233758,5433,9313,98131,470124,2241,40655217,700546
2001–2002224,0515521,57039842,9132,7682,28024,979165,8391,22935116,726987
2002–2003159,8917811,7452,13939,2691,6802,49120,502299,4804,41224018,6841,084
2003–2004213,5811,5643,2151,09829,5553,5255,14326,958179,6943,13224221,3051,060
2004–2005143,5912,3162,0791,43822,9452,50510,98716,151136,3041,99820220,3311,192
2005–2006122,8222,2982,5972,33530,6835,6414,91513,046172,6954,11430415,6751,547
2006–200793,4764,4812,1625,3777,4274,9294,1439,75095,5422,27950117,4251,611
2007–200851,8653,1592,5111,0783,2363,3311,8876,21437,5553,15611216,071962
2008–200943,0602,4941,0401233,2732,66680610,37428,4301,7279711,131414
2009–201039,0681,2996561492,0431,2631,8128,54115,1991,2978312,056284
2010-201145,3501,0007543244,4461,3871,1665,95718,7461,33817210,679813
2011-201288,9651,7991,3031328,4401,2392,3526,53729,5182,55725010,6031,357
2012-2013143,8532,0891,2082038,5293,1751,26414,79969,7981,74629812,8651,146
2013-2014131,5822,5681,82057513,9971,7633,59314,073108,0451,28019313,8921,308
2014-2015131,8693,2693,0111,22019,1552,50018,25025,88465,6964,31414821,2951,404
2015-2016206,5602,2534,18336232,0704,04618,88113,29982,4392,53420121,0311,737
2016-2017193,3813,5361,75930731,2074,0744,71013,67872,5303,71820524,3872,294
2017-2018204,2732,4211,55340321,0842,3953,79525,097106,1692,9687620,7991,490

Proportion of replacement landcover (clearing type)

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ClearingPastureCropSettlementMiningInfrastructureForestry
1988–1989646,38855,5473,0382,29315,5893,280
1989–1990646,38855,5473,0382,29315,5893,280
1990–1991646,38855,5473,0382,29315,5893,280
1991–1992279,40414,8002,4511,6953,1645,081
1992–1993279,40414,8002,4511,6953,1645,081
1993–1994279,40414,8002,4511,6953,1645,081
1994–1995279,40414,8002,4511,6953,1645,081
1995–1996296,57430,5782,5462,7028,4994,550
1996–1997296,57430,5782,5462,7028,4994,550
1997–1998366,61029,5701,5422,42310,2747,224
1998–1999366,61029,5701,5422,42310,2747,224
1999–2000667,96425,4031,9271,31411,8587,005
2000–2001429,5168,1001,5571,92310,9697,652
2001–2002467,3828891,7621,7126,8036,095
2002–2003536,7136493,5631,5314,4165,526
2003–2004472,0713883,5583,3637,0223,670
2004–2005341,2141,4721,7643,0375,3659,187
2005–2006360,7453631,4863,5442,5369,998
2006–2007233,2891811,5234,2692,8606,981
2007–2008113,0391512,4263,9302,6458,946
2008–200992,826841,9112,4382,5885,788
2009–201070,2021601,4033,1251,8177,043
2010-201173,5384461,4012,7387,0536,956
2011-2012135,3254841,3675,5935,1627,121
2012-2013236,0832,2971,0616,0737,2018,258
2013-2014271,2054,0401,1285,0644,1309,122
2014-2015270,9704,9321,6523,2491,39215,820
2015-2016363,4944,4641,1442,5061,53716,451
2016-2017323,4586,3791,4034,5832,30617,657
2017-2018364,4049,2321,1274,1831,64611,931

Historic woody vegetation clearing in Queensland

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YearRemnantNon-remnant
1998–1999283,404134,239
1999–2000423,243292,228
2000–2001177,356282,361
2001–2002245,113239,530
2002–2003349,447202,951
2003–2004245,477244,595
2004–2005183,275178,764
2005–2006212,380166,292
2006–200780,508168,595
2007–200858,32272,815
2008–200941,80663,829
2009–201024,00059,750
2010-201126,30965,823
2011-201234,528120,524
2012-201358,026202,947
2013-201499,485195,204
2014-2015113,501184,514
2015-2016132,276257,320
2016-201777,690278,096
2017-201874,485318,038

Proportion of replacement landcover (clearing type) in Brigalow Belt

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TypePastureCropSettlementMiningInfrastructureForestry
1988–1989397,88949,5391851,3434,9970
1989–1990397,88949,5391851,3434,9970
1990–1991397,88949,5391851,3434,9970
1991–1992148,7398,7131649591,529845
1992–1993148,7398,7131649591,529845
1993–1994148,7398,7131649591,529845
1994–1995148,7398,7131649591,529845
1995–1996173,40520,2612471,4753,494811
1996–1997173,40520,2612471,4753,494811
1997–1998215,17423,0301081,4304,3851,369
1998–1999215,17423,0301081,4304,3851,369
1999–2000337,89220,8482026604,465826
2000–2001197,9946,3521551,4704,4301,015
2001–2002219,603233351,4262,515239
2002–2003157,137156541,2331,29516
2003–2004207,1961962902,2273,60369
2004–2005135,7311,3552951,6761,8232,711
2005–2006117,0472912862,0089752,215
2006–200789,499164871,836919719
2007–200846,152414321,4491,0272,764
2008–200939,092461601,1621,0991,501
2009–201035,453811302,152542710
2010-201137,4412961571,9954,2921,169
2011-201280,2212702523,8652,7271,630
2012-2013130,7881,9711294,0465,5091,410
2013-2014120,1803,352672,8182,9332,232
2014-2015122,7213,603891,8468862,724
2015-2016197,7513,757421,2215063,283
2016-2017182,5625,0821101,5446053,478
2017-2018192,6067,871751,9516061,164

Historic woody vegetation clearing in Brigalow Belt

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TypeNon-remnantRemnant
1998–199983,259162,237
1999–2000181,772183,121
2000–2001144,64466,772
2001–2002137,26486,787
2002–200392,60167,290
2003–2004140,55873,023
2004–200599,76043,831
2005–200680,93041,892
2006–200764,85628,620
2007–200832,20019,665
2008–200929,51613,544
2009–201030,9908,078
2010-201135,4769,874
2011-201273,38215,583
2012-2013121,18722,666
2013-2014106,12725,455
2014-201599,06332,806
2015-2016161,45645,104
2016-2017156,21537,166
2017-2018180,99423,279

Proportion of replacement landcover (clearing type) in Cape York Peninsula

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TypePastureCropSettlementMiningInfrastructureForestry
1988–19891,041024349660
1989–19901,041024349660
1990–19911,041024349660
1991–199256421734011420
1992–199356421734011420
1993–199456421734011420
1994–199556421734011420
1995–19962559776679340
1996–19972559776679340
1997–19982491573645690
1998–19992491573645690
1999–20004826838531810
2000–20011,5070905730
2001–2002467021820
2002–20036980012710
2003–2004534036433840
2004–20054900128249900
2005–2006794059985010
2006–20072,0920201,8914780
2007–20081,060052,002920
2008–2009855021,0725650
2009–2010418096751970
2010-2011464053302010
2011-2012391031,1742310
2012-2013357191,4502720
2013-20144560171,8862090
2014-20152,145271,044710
2015-2016679111,1274450
2016-2017290042,8773650
2017-2018230032,0301580

Historic woody vegetation clearing in Cape York Peninsula

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TypeNon-remnantRemnant
1998–1999963916
1999–2000774633
2000–20019231,166
2001–2002103449
2002–2003119662
2003–20043571,207
2004–20052312,085
2005–20063321,966
2006–20072414,240
2007–20084092,750
2008–20091832,311
2009–20101701,129
2010-201151949
2011-20122121,587
2012-20132931,796
2013-20143812,187
2014-20155112,758
2015-20162611,992
2016-20177702,766
2017-20181,0331,388

Proportion of replacement landcover (clearing type) in Central Queensland Coast

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TypePastureCropSettlementMiningInfrastructureForestry
1988–19892,535693320972144
1989–19902,535693320972144
1990–19912,535693320972144
1991–19929925714070129
1992–19939925714070129
1993–19949925714070129
1994–19959925714070129
1995–19961,2033,38110351118
1996–19971,2033,38110351118
1997–19982762,1010282214
1998–19992762,1010282214
1999–20002,6811,898160419694
2000–20012,0821,04022247149
2001–20029982198058287
2002–20031,3291457022242
2003–20043,084253704623
2004–20051,7163727320276
2005–20062,349151209212
2006–20071,971314809121
2007–20081,9542793432401
2008–2009705104331278
2009–201029116802339
2010-201126662319449
2011-201289652151020310
2012-20131,0382812139108
2013-20141,5597520327136
2014-20151,90483211712974
2015-20162,15114892151,849
2016-20171,487417816200
2017-20181,115893138325

Historic woody vegetation clearing in Central Queensland Coast

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TypeNon-remnantRemnant
1998–19991,706969
1999–20003,2002,508
2000–20012,4981,024
2001–20021,037533
2002–20031,168577
2003–20042,306909
2004–20051,519560
2005–20061,693904
2006–20071,294868
2007–20081,632879
2008–2009705335
2009–2010462194
2010-2011579175
2011-20121,007296
2012-2013773435
2013-20141,199621
2014-20152,088923
2015-20162,8791,304
2016-20171,086673
2017-20181,233320

Proportion of replacement landcover (clearing type) in Channel Country

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TypePastureCropSettlementMiningInfrastructureForestry
1988–19891,561001990
1989–19901,561001990
1990–19911,561001990
1991–1992167002340
1992–1993167002340
1993–1994167002340
1994–1995167002340
1995–19962,0630011330
1996–19972,0630011330
1997–199833400111270
1998–199933400111270
1999–20001880001690
2000–2001590002780
2001–2002338000600
2002–20032,118000210
2003–20041,085000130
2004–20051,43300050
2005–20062,311000240
2006–20075,366000110
2007–20081,07800000
2008–200912100020
2009–201014800100
2010-2011254000700
2011-2012103000290
2012-2013180002210
2013-201457300110
2014-20151,22000000
2015-201636000020
2016-201730200050
2017-2018392001100

Historic woody vegetation clearing in Channel Country

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TypeNon-remnantRemnant
1998–1999126346
1999–200014343
2000–200123314
2001–20021397
2002–200382,131
2003–2004200898
2004–2005909529
2005–2006362,299
2006–20074,683694
2007–2008892186
2008–20090123
2009–20100149
2010-201114310
2011-201225107
2012-201356147
2013-201429546
2014-201551,215
2015-2016170192
2016-2017119188
2017-201818385

Proportion of replacement landcover (clearing type) in Desert Uplands

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TypePastureCropSettlementMiningInfrastructureForestry
1988–198945,60300521,0490
1989–199045,60300521,0490
1990–199145,60300521,0490
1991–199235,5100073030
1992–199335,5100073030
1993–199435,5100073030
1994–199535,5100073030
1995–199632,6520315990
1996–199732,6520315990
1997–199838,76800531,0070
1998–199938,76800531,0070
1999–200064,0430021,1980
2000–200157,2620201,2790
2001–200242,5140003990
2002–200339,0550002140
2003–200428,71970007660
2004–200522,7713001710
2005–200630,661000220
2006–20077,398000290
2007–20083,06400141580
2008–20093,199005690
2009–20101,9760024430
2010-20114,2990153930
2011-20127,97901653950
2012-20138,36810591010
2013-201413,9321016480
2014-201519,136101170
2015-201632,0262610170
2016-201731,135104670
2017-201820,9510001330

Historic woody vegetation clearing in Desert Uplands

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TypeNon-remnantRemnant
1998–19996,58133,247
1999–200011,53253,711
2000–200120,59237,951
2001–200210,73132,182
2002–20033,62935,640
2003–20047,16622,389
2004–20053,28219,663
2005–20063,79726,886
2006–20075,2862,141
2007–20081,3591,877
2008–20091,1392,134
2009–20101,278765
2010-20112,9991,447
2011-20125,9892,451
2012-20135,1023,427
2013-20149,3114,686
2014-201515,5023,653
2015-201615,56116,509
2016-201723,1038,104
2017-201814,8566,228

Proportion of replacement landcover (clearing type) in Einasleigh Uplands

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TypePastureCropSettlementMiningInfrastructureForestry
1988–19894,968355132291,5050
1989–19904,968355132291,5050
1990–19914,968355132291,5050
1991–19921,0471,23491272171
1992–19931,0471,23491272171
1993–19941,0471,23491272171
1994–19951,0471,23491272171
1995–19961,9551,451242123572
1996–19971,9551,451242123572
1997–19981,52659317845252
1998–19991,52659317845252
1999–20003,6184353161,36117
2000–20012,47719812111,2312
2001–20021,644569241,0350
2002–2003991281386220
2003–20042,7071345197410
2004–20051,96016282280165
2005–20064,7241914109294481
2006–20074,436215035585
2007–20082,99136682630
2008–20092,414116232120
2009–20101,112151131220
2010-20111,07652152890
2011-20121,042600241130
2012-20132,7531344562280
2013-20141,498132236932
2014-20152,163242139550
2015-20163,91876014380
2016-20173,1686711411930
2017-20181,71643932910999

Historic woody vegetation clearing in Einasleigh Uplands

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TypeNon-remnantRemnant
1998–19995612,141
1999–20001,1244,326
2000–20011,2112,720
2001–20024392,329
2002–20031651,515
2003–20046412,884
2004–20052852,220
2005–20066305,011
2006–20071,0583,871
2007–20086242,707
2008–20095262,140
2009–2010301962
2010-20111061,281
2011-20121641,075
2012-20131,0922,083
2013-20145631,200
2014-20155721,928
2015-20167823,264
2016-20171,1482,926
2017-20189771,418

Proportion of replacement landcover (clearing type) in Gulf Plains

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TypePastureCropSettlementMiningInfrastructureForestry
1988–19895,2480001,7200
1989–19905,2480001,7200
1990–19915,2480001,7200
1991–19921,187010370
1992–19931,187010370
1993–19941,187010370
1994–19951,187010370
1995–19963,95801536160
1996–19973,95801536160
1997–19988850108610
1998–19998850108610
1999–20007560009080
2000–20013,2090007720
2001–20027820051,4930
2002–20031,1314001,3560
2003–20044,3041008380
2004–200510,2200007670
2005–20064,6950022180
2006–20074,062000810
2007–20081,872000150
2008–2009759000470
2009–20101,6670161380
2010-20119600022040
2011-20122,1530001990
2012-20131,0730071840
2013-20143,4810001120
2014-201518,191016520
2015-201618,7810218710
2016-20174,5790041270
2017-20183,701002920

Historic woody vegetation clearing in Gulf Plains

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TypeNon-remnantRemnant
1998–19993511,396
1999–2000761,588
2000–20015373,444
2001–20021822,098
2002–2003892,402
2003–20041,0014,142
2004–200574310,244
2005–20061,6523,263
2006–20071,2782,865
2007–20081161,771
2008–200994712
2009–2010837975
2010-20111451,021
2011-20126991,653
2012-2013281983
2013-20143033,290
2014-201516818,082
2015-20162,76916,112
2016-20171,1553,555
2017-20182,1151,680

Proportion of replacement landcover (clearing type) in Mitchell Grass Downs

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TypePastureCropSettlementMiningInfrastructureForestry
1988–198952,6280003180
1989–199052,6280003180
1990–199152,6280003180
1991–199219,5930030630
1992–199319,5930030630
1993–199419,5930030630
1994–199519,5930030630
1995–199616,68404190
1996–199716,68404190
1997–199818,637003550
1998–199918,637003550
1999–200052,3251011170
2000–200131,2960021720
2001–200224,967000120
2002–200320,49100380
2003–200426,8660039530
2004–200516,093016510
2005–200613,04200040
2006–20079,73800390
2007–20086,20400730
2008–200910,345002270
2009–20108,53200360
2010-20115,930002250
2011-20126,464002710
2012-201314,783001240
2013-201414,045003250
2014-201525,87900050
2015-201613,286000130
2016-201713,652000260
2017-201825,0551802220

Historic woody vegetation clearing in Mitchell Grass Downs

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TypeNon-remnantRemnant
1998–19994,36814,327
1999–200011,35041,094
2000–200122,1389,332
2001–200212,35012,629
2002–20039,76210,740
2003–200412,50214,456
2004–20057,4448,707
2005–20065,1687,878
2006–20077,4982,252
2007–20084,7451,469
2008–20096,1124,262
2009–20104,4104,131
2010-20113,4212,536
2011-20124,9721,565
2012-20139,1515,648
2013-20146,3987,675
2014-20158,38317,501
2015-20167,0226,277
2016-20178,9444,734
2017-201817,5177,580

Proportion of replacement landcover (clearing type) in Mulga Lands

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TypePastureCropSettlementMiningInfrastructureForestry
1988–1989121,867472002,6380
1989–1990121,867472002,6380
1990–1991121,867472002,6380
1991–199265,44722014430
1992–199365,44722014430
1993–199465,44722014430
1994–199565,44722014430
1995–199654,650482041,4958
1996–199754,650482041,4958
1997–199881,580704301,12325
1998–199981,580704301,12325
1999–2000189,331295201,81611
2000–2001122,87710001,3370
2001–2002165,5455002890
2002–2003299,2321002470
2003–2004179,5393001520
2004–2005135,5570007407
2005–2006172,654000401
2006–200795,4840170410
2007–200837,4270001280
2008–200928,3340118770
2009–201015,120021760
2010-201117,4520801,2860
2011-201228,89704060413
2012-201369,5132122773
2013-2014107,956411830
2014-201565,46419310335
2015-201682,29311500247
2016-201772,33422001740
2017-2018105,839159001710

Historic woody vegetation clearing in Mulga Lands

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TypeNon-remnantRemnant
1998–199924,24059,195
1999–200064,699126,756
2000–200172,96951,255
2001–200261,970103,869
2002–200376,350223,130
2003–200459,979119,715
2004–200545,82190,483
2005–200655,025117,670
2006–200766,44129,101
2007–200815,84721,708
2008–200915,13013,300
2009–201010,3014,898
2010-201113,0315,715
2011-201222,4737,045
2012-201352,02617,772
2013-201457,66350,382
2014-201534,82230,874
2015-201644,71437,725
2016-201758,71813,812
2017-201877,20628,963

Proportion of replacement landcover (clearing type) in New England Tableland

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TypePastureCropSettlementMiningInfrastructureForestry
1988–19895,2776101580
1989–19905,2776101580
1990–19915,2776101580
1991–19922,00712411471
1992–19932,00712411471
1993–19942,00712411471
1994–19952,00712411471
1995–19963,1200026123
1996–19973,1200026123
1997–19982,81600041165
1998–19992,81600041165
1999–20002,74580049102
2000–20011,33115162627
2001–20021,214130011
2002–20034,41000200
2003–20043,0781040400
2004–20051,890210798
2005–20064,018018384
2006–20072,1650361986
2007–20082,8720131765189
2008–20091,6172341586
2009–20101,1830011112
2010-20111,245324975
2011-20122,4254362792
2012-20131,57100529141
2013-20141,1491471118
2014-20154,147182178122
2015-20162,480102942
2016-20173,59610213871
2017-20182,83330022677

Historic woody vegetation clearing in New England Tableland

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TypeNon-remnantRemnant
1998–19991,3801,642
1999–20001,8161,088
2000–20011,240166
2001–2002962267
2002–20033,421991
2003–20042,514618
2004–20051,733265
2005–20063,788326
2006–20071,703576
2007–20082,0461,110
2008–20091,399328
2009–20101,019278
2010-2011938400
2011-20121,994563
2012-20131,432314
2013-2014933347
2014-20153,358956
2015-20162,109425
2016-20173,210508
2017-20182,501467

Proportion of replacement landcover (clearing type) in Northwest Highlands

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TypePastureCropSettlementMiningInfrastructureForestry
1988–1989290031210
1989–1990290031210
1990–1991290031210
1991–199241000120
1992–199341000120
1993–199441000120
1994–199541000120
1995–199634900441440
1996–199734900441440
1997–1998158002524560
1998–1999158002524560
1999–200031000208730
2000–200129300189700
2001–200234400070
2002–2003224004120
2003–20041310450570
2004–2005820141150
2005–20061940046640
2006–200730400187100
2007–200859064520
2008–20099102400
2009–201049003400
2010-2011210314080
2011-2012580018570
2012-20139600181210
2013-2014103008730
2014-2015102004600
2015-2016185001510
2016-20171610014300
2017-201859001241

Historic woody vegetation clearing in Northwest Highlands

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TypeNon-remnantRemnant
1998–199927839
1999–200041550
2000–2001373179
2001–200227873
2002–200337203
2003–20049233
2004–200525177
2005–200617287
2006–200730471
2007–20081399
2008–2009295
2009–20101469
2010-201127145
2011-201229221
2012-20138290
2013-201425168
2014-20156142
2015-201610191
2016-20173202
2017-20181462

Proportion of replacement landcover (clearing type) in Southeast Queensland

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TypePastureCropSettlementMiningInfrastructureForestry
1988–19896,9532,2662,7212278492,813
1989–19906,9532,2662,7212278492,813
1990–19916,9532,2662,7212278492,813
1991–19923,9011,2542,2061672743,787
1992–19933,9011,2542,2061672743,787
1993–19943,9011,2542,2061672743,787
1994–19953,9011,2542,2061672743,787
1995–19966,1542,7572,1552913283,416
1996–19976,1542,7572,1552913283,416
1997–19985,8581,7551,3952301,0325,355
1998–19995,8581,7551,3952301,0325,355
1999–200012,5121,1071,6573749475,272
2000–20018,7544391,3532435106,401
2001–20028,3121471,6872568285,496
2002–20039,2181593,4812395045,083
2003–200414,218583,1173843093,219
2004–200512,714571,3534163735,418
2005–20067,513281,0903662356,443
2006–20079,819728912947955,554
2007–20087,838771,7842978525,223
2008–20094,998241,6531544643,838
2009–20104,114291,2462156605,792
2010-20113,8871221,1801965194,775
2011-20124,442761,0832377194,046
2012-20135,2871198882285205,823
2013-20145,8164349912015815,869
2014-20157,5206351,49422923211,185
2015-20169,2493051,0801053499,943
2016-20179,8104891,2487463812,128
2017-20189,6035491,0261272949,200

Historic woody vegetation clearing in Southeast Queensland

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TypeNon-remnantRemnant
1998–199910,1035,522
1999–200015,0666,803
2000–200114,8572,843
2001–200213,4853,241
2002–200314,8763,808
2003–200416,6334,672
2004–200516,0894,242
2005–200612,2783,397
2006–200713,0574,368
2007–200812,2703,801
2008–20098,7452,386
2009–20109,8112,245
2010-20118,4592,220
2011-20128,5002,103
2012-201310,6522,213
2013-201411,2902,602
2014-201518,9002,395
2015-201618,0882,943
2016-201721,6812,706
2017-201818,3152,484

Proportion of replacement landcover (clearing type) in Wet Tropics

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TypePastureCropSettlementMiningInfrastructureForestry
1988–19897892,216844197323
1989–19907892,216844197323
1990–19917892,216844197323
1991–19922092,77760026248
1992–19932092,77760026248
1993–19942092,77760026248
1994–19952092,77760026248
1995–19963561,6499013372
1996–19973561,6499013372
1997–19985744722708444
1998–19995744722708444
1999–20001,08112839015583
2000–2001375462304458
2001–20026542162102472
2002–200367915620044185
2003–20046101258120359
2004–20055572722623512
2005–200674310787147562
2006–20079556056222516
2007–2008468387278369
2008–200929612111085
2009–201013919603090
2010-20112431420048488
2011-201225422625201,030
2012-201327641181226773
2013-20144574126514765
2014-201537815536421810
2015-20163353590411,317
2016-2017382633116221,780
2017-2018304771714131,065

Historic woody vegetation clearing in Wet Tropics

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TypeNon-remnantRemnant
1998–1999574627
1999–2000764722
2000–2001356190
2001–2002728259
2002–2003726358
2003–2004729331
2004–2005923269
2005–2006946601
2006–20071,170441
2007–2008662300
2008–2009278136
2009–2010157127
2010-2011577236
2011-20121,078279
2012-2013894252
2013-2014982326
2014-20151,136268
2015-20161,499238
2016-20171,944350
2017-20181,259231

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Reporting on native vegetation clearing types, using information from the Statewide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS). SLATS monitors Queensland's forests and woodlands to assess vegetation extent and clearing activities reported.  SLATS data between the first mapping period of 1988–91 and up to the most recent 2017–18 mapping period.