Endangered ecological communities identification guides

Endangered ecological communities (EEC) identification guidelines have been developed to assist landowners and contractors identify EECs in the field. The guidelines provide information on characteristic tree species, locations and other key features and are intended to supplement the detailed Scientific Committee Final Determination on EECs.

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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 It should be noted that some references on the EPA's website and any publications may now be outdated.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 changes can be found here.

Guidelines relevant to private native forestry can be downloaded from the links below. In addition, the EPA’s threatened ecological communities mapping project produced detailed technical reports of 18 TECs in coastal forests, which can be used to assist identification in the field.

Under the Private Native Forestry Code of Practice (the Code), the EPA’s Chief Environmental Regulator can approve ecological harvesting plans (EHPs), which 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.

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