SUGGESTED PROTOCOL FOR LAND CLEARING
 

3.3 Fair, reasonable and appropriate measures

Fair, reasonable and appropriate measures” includes guidelines, recommendations and suggested operating procedures included in this protocol, plus any other measure or activity that is available, suitable and appropriate to minimize the risk of harm to animals, or deleterious impacts on the natural environment. This guiding principle recognizes that any process that causes significant disruption or destruction of wild animal habitats may result in the death of some animals, (particularly small animals such as lizards, turtles, frogs and the like), in spite of efforts to avoid it.

Current societal attitudes lead to an expectation that fair and appropriate steps are taken to avoid or minimize cruelty or suffering to animals, and that due respect is given to minimizing adverse impacts on their habitats. The expertise of wildlife control operators and other suitably qualified or experienced people is important in determining what constitutes fair, reasonable and appropriate measures, in the present circumstances.

3.4 Definitions

For the purposes of this Suggested Protocol:

“vegetation” is any native or non-native tree, shrub or plant, including grasses and “remnant vegetation” and “re-growth (non-remnant) vegetation” “animal”, “wildlife” and “fauna” are any free-living native or non-native vertebrate animal, including feral animal and declared pest animal species, and any invertebrate animal specifically protected under the applicable local, State and/or Federal laws. “wildlife habitat” is any natural terrestrial, subterranean or aquatic habitat, or man-made structure, or other structure known to be, or reasonably likely to be used by wildlife.

Wildlife habitats include, but are not necessarily limited to:
(a) vegetation, or vegetated areas, including forests, plains, wetlands, grasslands, dunes, deserts, and marine environments; whether classified as “remnant” or “non-remnant”, and whether native, non-native or artificially created.
(b) Freshwater and marine habitats
(c) Caves, rocky outcrops, river banks and other natural geological features
(d) Man-made or artificial structures or habitats, such as drains, buildings, dams, canals, bridges, telecommunication towers, or any other structure known, or reasonably likely to be used by wildlife.

“wildlife corridor” is any section, strip or area of wildlife habitat (whether degraded or not), or cleared area, that is known to be used as, or may reasonably be expected to act as, a corridor for wildlife movement, between, or linking wildlife habitat areas.