Can I clear native vegetation for ecological restoration?
You can clear vegetation to conserve, manage or restore native species, native vegetation or ecological processes.
'Ecological processes' can include clearing to provide access for ecological work, grazing to reduce weeds and improve native understorey diversity, and clearing of species that are dominating landscapes to the detriment of other native species.
What can I clear?
You can clear vegetation provided it does not cause permanent degradation or loss of native vegetation.
Does this include land under Heritage or Management Agreement?
Yes you can clear for this purpose on Heritage Agreement or Management Agreement land.
Do I need approval?
Yes you need to get a Management Plan approved by the Native Vegetation Council (NVC).
What do I have to do?
Make sure that your clearing is within the parameters of this activity.
Consider if there are other practical alternatives to clearing.
Prepare a Management Plan that addresses the criteria in the NVC’s Guidelines for the ecological restoration and management of vegetation and/or the NVC's Guideline for clearance associated with ecological prescribed burning. Contact the Native Vegetation Branch if you need help to prepare your plan, or consider engaging an Accredited Consultant for specialist advice.
Submit the following to the NVC:
a Management Plan via email to email@example.com
written permission of the landowner if you are acting on behalf of the landowner.
Note that clearance for cultural activities may also be applicable.
You are not permitted to clear for this activity if you are undertaking clearing that will permanently remove or degrade native vegetation (including residual adverse impacts) – if this is the case you will need to submit a clearance application under the Native Vegetation Act 1991.