SUGGESTED PROTOCOL FOR LAND CLEARING
 

good general understanding of local, State, and Federal statutes relating to wildlife, relocation, habitat and development issues.

3.4 Wildlife control operators should maintain currency of information in their field of expertise by attendance at workshops, training days and by other means of continuing education.

3.5 In order to ensure consistency in practice between, wildlife control operators, the following minimum Operating Procedures should be applied. Wildlife Protection and Management Plan (WPMP)

3.6 A Wildlife Protection and Management Plan should be prepared for any project or activity in which:

a) wild animals are likely to be captured or removed from a site; or
b) an essential wildlife habitat or wildlife corridor will be, or is likely to be impacted by the development or activity; or
c) operational works, or any of the operational aspects or features of the completed development, will have, or are likely to have significant impacts on local wildlife populations;

3.7 The Wildlife Protection and Management Plan should be in the format shown in Appendix 2.

3.8 The detail in the Wildlife Protection and Management Plan should reflect the complexity or scale of wildlife management required for the site or activity. For example: for a project in which a large area of highly significant wildlife habitat will be cleared the WPMP will be a long, thorough and detailed document, whereas that for the removal of a few small pine trees would be short and simple.

3.9 The Wildlife Protection and Management Plan must include the following:

1. A description of the project (including timeframes for operational works) with special reference to features likely to affect wildlife or wildlife habitats;
2. A pre-development site plan with recent aerial photograph (if available) showing wildlife habitats, corridors, riparian features, and relevant adjacent habitat. Proposed development site plan should indicate areas of habitat likely to be removed or affected, and structures, roads or other potential hazards that may impact on wildlife after the development is completed.
3. Fauna survey results, including reference to species that were not detected, but are likely to be present.
4. Wildlife and habitat impact assessment detailing all aspects of development activities, operational works, and features likely to have an impact on wildlife, as well as likely