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When preparing a Data Report for a native vegetation clearance application, accredited consultants must use the right assessment tools for each of these instances: 

  • native scattered trees
  • native vegetation in the agricultural region of South Australia
  • native vegetation in the arid zone of South Australia.

The below information and instruction manuals are available to assist consultants to collect, record and present information correctly in their Data Reports.  

Scattered Tree Assessment Manual

The Scattered Tree Assessment method is suitable for assessing scattered trees in the following instances:

  • Individual scattered trees (i.e. canopy does not overlap) 
  • Dead trees (when considered native vegetation - see fact sheet)
  • Clumps of trees (contiguous overlapping canopies) if the clump is small (approximately less than 0.04 hectares)
  • For both scattered trees and clumps:
    • the ground layer is comprised wholly or largely of introduced species
    • some scattered colonising native species may be present, but they represent less than 2% of the ground cover
    • the area around the trees consists of introduced pasture or crops.

This manual applies to the following Landscape SA regions

  • Hills and Fleurieu
  • Eyre Peninsula
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Northern and Yorke
  • Murraylands and Riverlands
  • Limestone Coast.

Resources:

Scattered Tree Assessment Manual

Scattered Tree Assessment Field Datasheet

Scattered Tree Assessment Scoresheet

Bushland Assessment Manual 

The Bushland Assessment method is suitable for assessing vegetation in the agricultural region of South Australia, including the following Landscape SA regions:

  • Hills and Fleurieu
  • Eyre Peninsula
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Northern and Yorke
  • Murraylands and Riverland
  • Limestone Coast. 

Resources:

Bushland Assessment Manual

Bushland Assessment Field Datasheet (less than 0.5ha)

Bushland Assessment Field Datasheet

Bushland Assessment Scoresheet - please contact nvc@sa.gov.au 

Rangelands Assessment Manual 

The Rangelands Assessment method is suitable for assessing vegetation in the arid zone of South Australia, including the following Landscape SA regions:

  • SA Arid Lands
  • Alinytjara Wilurara. 

Resources:

Rangelands Assessment Manual

Rangelands Assessment Field Datasheet

Rangelands Assessment Scoresheet - please contact nvc@sa.gov.au

Marine Assessments

Please contact the Native Vegetation Branch on nvc@sa.gov.au for further information.

Data storage

Data collected from these assessments is stored by the department and periodically uploaded to the Biological Databases of South Australia (BDBSA).

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