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Native forestry

Endangered ecological communities field identification guidelines

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On 25 August 2017, new legislative arrangements commenced for private native forestry. It should be noted that some references on the EPAs website and any publications may now be outdated. These documents will be progressively updated by the EPA to ensure current legislative arrangements are reflected. More detail about the changes are available.

A series of field identification guidelines have been prepared for a number of endangered ecological community (EEC) forests. These guidelines will assist landowners and contractors identify EECs in the field. They provide information on characteristic tree species, geographical locations and other key features and are intended to supplement the detailed Scientific Committee Final Determination on EECs .

The Private Native Forestry Code of Practice (the Code) has provision for the Chief Environmental Regulator of the Environment Protection Agency to approve ecological harvesting plans (EHPs). An EHP is required when harvesting operations are proposed in EECs. However, EHPs are not granted in any circumstances where the EEC is also considered an exclusion zone under the Code. The prescriptions of an EHP are in addition to the conditions set by the Code.

The guidelines relevant to private native forestry can be downloaded from the links below.

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Page last updated: 04 September 2017