Land Class Classification

Land Class Classification

National and international experience has shown that the classification of land according to its capability for long-term production, based on its physical limitations and site-specific management needs, provides the most reliable basis on which to promote sustainable land management.

The following descriptions have been reproduced from the Land Use Classification handbook.  For a copy of the handbook click on the link below.

http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/50048/luc_handbook.pdf

Land Class Classifications

LUC Class code

Description

1

Land with virtually no limitations for arable use and suitable for cultivated crops, pasture or forestry

2

Land with slight limitations for arable use and suitable for cultivated crops, pasture or forestry

3

Land with moderate limitations for arable use, but suitable for cultivated crops, pasture or forestry

4

Land with moderate limitations for arable use, but suitable for occasional cropping, pasture or forestry

5

High producing land unsuitable for arable use, but only slight limitations for pastoral or forestry use

6

Non-arable land with moderate limitations for use under perennial vegetation such as pasture or forest

7

Non-arable land with severe limitations to use under perennial vegetation such as pasture or forest

8

Land with very severe to extreme limitations or hazards that make it unsuitable for cropping, pasture or forestry