Self-Assessable Vegetation Clearing Code

May 12, 2014

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines has released "Managing thickened Vegetation in the South East Wueensland and New England Tablelands Bio-regions - self-assessable vegetation clearing code".

The V4.2 code for managing thickened vegetation is based upon an improved version of what was done for the Mulga lands thinning code last year.

The primary changes are:

  • Each thinning code needs to be read in conjunction with the native forest practice code as they are integrated – thinning form thickening regional ecosystem in the thinning code and other regional ecosystems in the NFP code.
  • Redefining the definitions of understorey and ground storey and the 3 types of thinning that may occur Section 4
  • Advancing and promoting the use of fire section 5
  • Limiting regional ecosystems that can be thinning to exclude those in module 8 of SDAP , only include sparse and very sparse or some mid dense – not forests, excluding landforms that are erosion prone – section 6. The herbarium supports this approach
  • The list of RE is quite limited section 6.2
  • Revising tree retention rules and numbers. The approach is keep all matures plus a specified number of immature rather than retain a specified total number. This is simpler and clearer to explain.
  • Chemical and mechanical methods have been revised to include some additional elements eg lane widths and the matures plus immatures approach simplifies how we explain this.

Click here to view the code.

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