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BRECs Interactive Guide to the Queensland Vegetation Act 1999

WANT TO CLEAR SOME TREES ?


Are you really really sure you want to clear some trees ?


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DISCLAIMER This web page is designed to help people before they submit a application. Final interpretation of the Vegeation Management Act and any appliaction is done by DNR and this page is no substitute for formal DNR advice.

Are you just lopping or pruning trees ?

  • Yes
  • No

    Is the clearing for Forestry Practice ?

  • Yes
  • No


    FOREST PRACTICE
    Forest practice means planting trees or managing, felling and removing standing trees for an ongoing forestry business in - (a) a plantation; or
    (b) native forest, if, in the native forest - (i) the activities are conducted in a way that is consistent with a code applying to native forest management and approved by the Minister responsible for administering the Vegetation Management Act 1999; or
    (ii) the activities are conducted in a way that - (A) ensures restoration of a similar type, and to the extent, of the removed trees; and
    (B) ensures trees are only felled for the purpose of being sawn into timber or processed into another value added product (other than woodchips for an export market); and
    (C) does not cause land degradation as defined under the Vegetation Management Act 1999.
    The term includes carrying out limited associated work, including, for example, drainage and other necessary engineering works.
    The term does not include clearing native vegetation for the initial establishment of a plantation.

    Is it to the extent necessary to build a single residence and any reasonably associated building or structure ?

  • Yes
  • No


    Is your proposed clearing for Essential Management?

  • Yes
  • No

    Essential Management
    Clearing native vegetation
  • For establishing or maintaining a fire break sufficient to protect a property boundary or paddock or
  • That is likely to endanger the safety of a person or property on the land because the vegeation is likely to fall or
  • For maintaining and existing fence, road or other built infrastructure or
  • For maintaining a garden or orchard


  • NOTE Clearing for forest practice is not clearing nor is lopping

    Is your proposed clearing for Routine Management and outside of an areas mapped as remnant Of Concern or Endangered Ecosystems or declared High Conservation value or Vulnerable to Degradation ?

  • Yes
  • No

    Routine Management
    Clearing native vegetation
  • For establishing necessary fence, road or other built infrastructure or
  • Not Remnant vegetation or
  • For supplying fodder for stock in drought conditions only

  • NOTE Clearing for forest practice is not clearing nor is lopping

    Is it before 1 July 2000 and the natural and ordinary consequence of other assessable development ?

  • Yes
  • No

    It is in an urban area, other than in a regional ecosystem shown on a regional ecosystem map as Of Concern or Endangered or in an area of High Nature Conservation ?

  • Yes
  • No

    Is it in a non-urban area that is NOT in a regional ecosystem shown on a regional ecosystem map as Of Concern or Endangered Status or in an area Vulnerable to degradation or High Nature Conservation and is
    (i) for the reconfiguration of a lot not involving the opening of a road ? or
    (ii) the natural and ordinary consequence of other assessable development and the total area of the part of the land on which the development occurs is less than 5 ha ?

  • Yes
  • No

    Declarations of Areas of High Nature Conservation value
    If Area is one or more of the following
  • Wildlife refugia
  • Centre of Endemism
  • Vegetation clump or corridor that contributes to the maintenance of biodiversity
  • Regrowth vegetation that enhances an endangered regional ecosystem
  • High biodiversity
  • Contributes to the conservation value of a wetland, lake or spring
  • Declarations of an Area Vulnerable to Degradation
    If Area is subject to 1 or more of the following
  • Soil erosion
  • Rising water tables
  • Expression of salinity whether inside or outside the area
  • Mass movement by gravity soil or rock
  • Stream bank instability
  • A process that results in declining water quality















  • ASSESSABLE   Code Assessment
    Prepare Property Vegetation Plan



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