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Land Management Code - invasive native species

The Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code 2018 (the code) has been developed to facilitate native vegetation management and support more efficient farming methods while responding to environmental risks.

The code provides options for clearing under following the categories:

  • invasive native species
  • pasture expansion
  • continuing use
  • equity
  • farm plan.

Overview

This part of the code allows the removal of invasive native species (INS) that have reached unnatural densities and dominate an area. Clearing INS will promote the regeneration and regrowth of native vegetation that is not an INS.

Low impact clearing of INS

This division allows low impact clearing of native species, provided clearing is consistent with the method and impact conditions, and the native species has been identified as invasive in the region where the clearing is proposed.

For a full list of the invasive native species and the regions where this can occur see table 1 - Invasive native species list (pages 3 - 4).

Below are the relevant method and impact conditions for this division of the Code:

Landholding restrictions

No landholding restrictions.

Treatment area restrictions

No treatment area restrictions.

Method and impact conditions

Clearing may only be carried out:

  • using methods that are likely to result in minimal disturbance to soil and groundcover (such as burning or
    removal of individual plants)
  • if on Category 2 - vulnerable regulated land, by methods that will cause only nil disturbance to soil and groundcover,
  • in a manner that minimises clearing of non-INS
  • where clearing is carried out by a method other than by burning, clearing is limited to INS with a diameter at breast height over bark (DBHOB) of 20 centimetres or less; or 30 centimetres or less for the following species:
    • Mulga
    • Ironwood
    • Black Cypress Pine
    • White Cypress Pine
    • Belah
    • River Red Gum
    • Coolibah
    • Red Box
    • Black Box
    • Bimble Box, Poplar Box
    • Wilga.
  • at least 20 plants per hectare, of at least 2 metres in height, of the INS must be retained
  • clearing may be undertaken in no more than 90% of each 1,000 hectares of treatment area.

Moderate impact clearing of INS

Allows moderate impact clearing of native species provided clearing is consistent with the restrictions and conditions
listed below, and the native species has been identified as invasive in the region where the clearing is proposed.

For a full list of the INS and the regions where this can occur see Table 1 - Invasive native species list (pages 3 - 4).

Soil and groundcover distance

Minimal disturbance to soil and groundcover means no greater than 30% of the total area.

Nil disturbance to soil and groundcover means no greater than 5% of the total area.

Below are the relevant restrictions and conditions for this division of the code:

Landholding restrictions

Clearing under this division is not permitted on small landholdings.

Treatment area restrictions

In the opinion of Local Land Services INS must:

  • comprise at least 50 per cent of the total number of trees and shrubs in the area, or
  • be invading a plant community where the INS is not previously known to occur.

Method and impact conditions

Clearing under this division is not permitted, (unless specifically authorised by Local Land Services):

  • on category 2 - vulnerable regulated land,
  • within the buffer distance from a water body,
  • on land that contains soil with a clay content of less than 5 per cent
  • on land that is a run-on area with existing erosion
  • clearing of non-INS must be minimised and also must not exceed 20 per cent of the total number of trees
    cleared
  • all trees and shrubs that are not INS and which have a DBHOB greater than 20 centimetres must be retained,
  • clearing is limited to INS with a DBHOB of 20 centimetres or less (except as set out below)
  • clearing is limited to plants with a DBHOB of 30 centimetres or less, for the following species only:
    • Mulga
    • Ironwood
    • Black Cypress Pine
    • White Cypress Pine
    • Belah
    • River Red Gum
    • Coolibah
    • Red Box
    • Black Box
    • Bimble Box, Poplar Box
    • Wilga
  • at least 20 plants per hectare, of at least two metres in height, of the INS must be retained,
  • clearing may be undertaken in no more than 90 per cent of each 1,000 hectares of treatment area and
  • annual or non-persistent perennial species may be introduced to the treatment area in no more than three consecutive years.

Clearing of critically endangered ecological community not authorised

Clearing of native vegetation that forms part of a critically endangered ecological community is not authorised by the code.

Requirements prior to undertaking permitted clearing

Notification to Local Land Services is required for low impact clearing of INS at least two weeks prior to the clearing taking place.

Alternatively, Local Land Services can issue a voluntary code compliant certificate for the notifiable clearing.

A mandatory code compliant certificate issued by Local Land Services is required for moderate impact clearing of INS.

More information

To find out more about native vegetation and your options under the Land Management Framework:

  • contact Local Land Services on 1300 795 299
  • email slm.info@lls.nsw.gov.au
  • go to lls.nsw.gov.au/slm
  • call in to your nearest Local Land Services office and ask for a Sustainable Land Management officer.

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