The Land Capability Classification SystemUsing Land Capability Information
DPIW uses the Land Capability Classification System (LCCS) to assess, classify and map land according to its ability to support a range of crops on a long term sustainable basis. The evaluation is based on the degree of limitation imposed on that land by a variety of physical factors which include erosion, soils, wetness and climate. Land is evaluated on the basis of the range of potential crops, productivity, ease of management and risk of degradation. Only broadacre agricultural crops and pastoral activities are considered, and only where they occur on private freehold and leased Crown land.
Land capability assessment is an interpretive and somewhat subjective system for evaluating a suite of resource information. It provides a ranking of the ability of an area to support a range of agricultural activities on a sustainable basis.
The classification system comprises seven classes ranked in order of increasing degree of limitation in relation to agricultural use, and decreasing order of agricultural versatility. Class 1 is the best land and Class 7 the poorest. Class 4 is considered marginal for cropping activities.
The State Policy for the Protection of Agricultural Land seeks to protect prime agricultural land from conversion to non-agricultural uses. It achieves this by setting constraints as to how prime land can be used. Prime land is considered to be land that is classified as Class 1, 2 or 3 by the agricultural land classification system, Tasmania.
For further Information see the State Policy on the Protection of Agricultural Land 2000 on the Resource Planning and Development website: www.rpdc.tas.gov.au/state_policies/stp_docs/stp_pro_ag_land.htm
Contact: Land Resource AssessmentRob Moreton
Land Resource Assessment Officer
171 Westbury Road PROSPECT TAS 7250 TAS
Phone: 03 6336 5441
Fax: 03 6336 5365
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