Protected plants flora survey trigger map
The protected plants flora survey trigger map shows high risk areas for protected plants and is used to help determine flora survey and clearing permit requirements for a particular location. High risk areas represent areas where endangered, vulnerable or near threatened plants are known to exist or are likely to exist.
Maps will be sent as PDF files to the email address you nominate in the request form. The scale of a map will vary according to the size of the property or area requested. For the best print resolution the map should be printed at A4 size.
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About the protected plants flora survey trigger map
You must keep a copy of the high risk area map for the area subject to clearing as part of the clearing requirements or to show you are eligible for certain clearing exemptions.
With some exceptions for certain activities, maps are valid for 12 months from the date of request. After 12 months, you need to obtain a new protected plants flora survey trigger map to determine clearing requirements for your area of interest.
Carrying out a flora survey
You need to do a comprehensive flora survey prior to clearing any protected plants in an area identified as high risk on the map, unless the clearing can be done under a relevant exemption. The flora survey will need to comply with the Protected plants flora survey guidelines or an alternative methodology that has been endorsed by the chief executive of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (see the variation of the flora survey guidelines). An applicant may apply in writing to EHP Permit and Licence Management to use an alternative flora survey method provided that the proposed method is suitable for identifying EVNT plants. There is no specific application form.
Flora survey must be carried out by a ‘suitably qualified person’
A flora survey must be coordinated and led by a person experienced in conducting botanical surveys, including the identification of EVNT species (see section 3.2.2 of the Flora survey guidelines for the criteria and application process for a ‘suitably qualified person’).
A person not meeting these criteria may apply to the department to be recognised as a ‘suitably qualified person’. The application needs to provide evidence that the applicant’s skills and experience are appropriate to identify EVNT plants (e.g. having conducted a significant number of flora surveys within the last five years).
An applicant may apply in writing to EHP Permit and Licence Management. There is no specific application form.
Requirements for an area not identified on the flora survey trigger map
You need a clearing permit to clear endangered, vulnerable or near threatened plants in areas not shown as high risk on the map if you know that such plants may be present in the area you propose to clear or may be impacted by the proposed clearing. Refer to the clearing information for more information on requirements and exemptions for clearing protected plants outside of a high- risk area.
In all instances, other state or Commonwealth laws apply.
Updates to the data informing the flora survey trigger map
The flora survey trigger map will be reviewed and updated if necessary, at least every 12 months. The map may also be further reviewed or amended at any time.
The timing of an update to the map may be influenced by external factors and therefore cannot be determined for future updates. Any future updates will be made to ensure the map reflects the most up-to-date and accurate data on protected plants.
Information on species that have caused an area to be mapped as high risk
The flora survey trigger map was developed to identify where you need to conduct a flora survey prior to clearing protected plants. The survey results will then determine if you need a clearing permit or if you need to submit an exempt clearing notification.
The department cannot provide external information identifying what species of protected plants have caused a particular area to be mapped as high risk as the flora survey trigger map and the supporting data do not identify the individual species present.
Information on EVNT species present in the area should be determined by the applicant through the survey process and included in a flora survey report.