SUGGESTED PROTOCOL FOR LAND CLEARING
 

“essential wildlife habitat” is any wildlife habitat block or area, or feature that is reasonably likely to be essential to the survival of one or more wild animals, such as a dam that is the only source of water for a wild animal or local wildlife population.

“land clearing”, “development processes”, and “relevant activity” mean any process or activity that involves, causes, or results in, either directly or indirectly, the removal, destruction, or significant modification of natural or man-made wildlife habitats, that are known to contain, or may reasonably be expected to contain, support, or be used by, wildlife, for their survival, movement and reproduction, to an extent that is reasonably likely to cause death, suffering or significant hardship.

“certified wildlife control operator” is any person duly licensed/permitted and in accordance with this protocol, is thereby authorized under the applicable local, state and/or federal law(s) to conduct and/or supervise wildlife control activities including but not limited to the detection, capture, removal and disposal of wildlife from sites proposed to be developed and who for the protection of the developer, the general public and others provides proof of general liability insurance in an amount no less than $1,000,000.

“developer” is any person, corporation, entity, government body or agency conducting or proposing to conduct land clearing, vegetation clearing or other development processes, or any activity that results in the modification or destruction of wildlife habitats or corridors. For the purposes of the code, this definition includes plant and machinery operators, tree trimmers, site foremen, and any other person or persons engaging in, directing or supervising any activity or process involving the destruction or modification of a wildlife habitat, or other development process relevant to this code.

“operating procedures (OP)” are any documented procedures or protocols required to be routinely applied by relevant personnel to ensure compliance with the suggested protocol.

“Wildlife Protection and Management Plan (WPMP)” is a document prepared by a wildlife control operator or similarly trained and licensed individual, that defines all of the actions and measures, and their timing, in relation to a development or activity, required to protect the welfare of wild animals and minimize the adverse ecological impacts of that development or activity, to a level, guideline or standard as outlined in the suggested protocol, and consistent with the intent of all applicable local, state and/or federal laws. The WPMP is to be prepared before the onset of site clearing or development.

“Wildlife Management Report” is a document prepared by a wildlife control operator at the completion of a project, which details the wildlife and habitat management procedures recommended and used for the development. It contains detailed data on animal capture, movement and disposal.