Wildlands

Mapping & GIS Services

  • Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping and data analysis
  • Vegetation pattern (past and present) and habitats
  • Weeds (distribution and density)
  • Sites of significant ecological value
  • Bioclimatic zones
  • Landform
  • Ecological district boundaries

Wildlands has an in-house Geographic Information System based on ArcGIS for Desktop Basic 10.1, including 3D and Spatial Analyst.  We also run ArcView 3.1, AutoCad Light 2005, MapInfo 6.0, Quantum GIS 1.8, and Global Mapper 12, for use as required.  This allows Wildlands to undertake a wide variety of mapping, analysis, and visualisation of various projects.  We employ two full-time GIS specialists to manage and run these systems, with more than 30 years of full-time GIS experience.  High quality maps and plans are produced using A4 and A3 colour laser printers, and larger formats as required.  Data processing capability includes production of 3-dimensional digital terrain models (DTM) for project visualisation (using aerial photographs draped over elevation models), data analysis of various data sets.  All data is stored on a central server running RAID 5, and backups are undertaken on a daily and weekly basis.

The Company has the following relevant digital data sets:

  • Full topographic data set for New Zealand, including contours, roads, and streams
  • Digital Cadastral Databases, including reserve boundaries
  • Landcover Database Version 2
  • Many data layers from previous projects
  • Land Environments of New Zealand (LENZ), including Threatened Land Environments
  • Freshwater Environments of New Zealand (FENZ)
  • River Environment Classification (NIWA)
  • Design information is available in AutoCad 2005 format for as-built purposes
  • Geology maps (QMAP)
  • Land Use Capability (LUC)/Land Resource Inventory(LRI)
  • Erosion susceptibility (from MFE)
  • Next Generation Ecosystem Classification
  • Predicted Vegetation
  • Fundamental Soils
  • Catchment boundaries
  • Indigenous Forest Types (NZFS6 and NZFS2 for part of the Bay of Plenty that was mapped)
  • Landforms of the Bay of Plenty
  • Bioclimatic Zones of the Bay of Plenty

GIS mapping project examples

Wildlands has undertaken many large-scale GIS mapping projects based on digital aerial photography for a wide diversity of clients and project types, including biodiversity, rural land use, soil and water conservation, and land development.  Many large scale mapping projects based on digital aerial photographs have been undertaken, including the following examples:

  • Castlehill Wind Farm (30,000 ha)
  • Desktop mapping of vegetation classes in Otamatea, Manaia, and Waipu Ecological Districts, Northland
  • Wetlands of Northland
  • Wetlands of the Wairarapa
  • Desktop mapping of vegetation and land use classes in the Wairarapa (2011)
  • Protected Natural Area Programme surveys in Bay of Plenty, Northland, Wairarapa
  • Wind farms in the northern, central, and southern South Island
  • Vegetation and habitats of Abel Tasman National Park
  • Banks Peninsula biodiversity sites
  • Department of Conservation projects on the Denniston Plateau and Mokihinui catchment
  • State of the Environment monitoring in Tauranga City using digital aerial photography
  • Digital mapping of geothermal vegetation in the Bay of Plenty Region (1995 and 2003 digital aerial photographs)
  • Rotorua Lakes A Zone baseline mapping of vegetation and habitats and mapping of ten representative study areas
  • Biodiversity vegetation mapping in Taupo District