The Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES) Flora Survey Trigger map has recently been amended to incorporate the latest information about where Endangered, Vulnerable and Near Threatened (EVNT) plants are present or are likely to be present.
The latest and best available information has been incorporated into the mapping to determine the ‘High Risk areas’, including:
(a) databases of collected and validated threatened plant records with ‘buffers’ applied to the surrounding area; and
(b) additional areas identified by the Queensland Herbarium as having very similar habitat characteristics to where these plant records were collected.
The amendments have resulted in significant changes to the map of High Risk areas which has the potential to affect various projects across the state.
The Niche Queensland Environment Team will support clients with advice regarding these changes, including seeking a ‘relevant period’ exemption under Section 261Z (1) of the Nature Conservation (Wildlife Management) Regulation 2006 for sites that have recently been mapped as High Risk.
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