Greenwood Consulting environmental servicesWith extensive planning experience in the fields of ecological and arboricultural consultancy we create value for our clients through streamlining the planning application process. By anticipating the likely requirements of referral authorities we can facilitate desirable project outcomes while minimising the time requirements.

In conjunction with Mark Shepherd of Mark Shepherd Consulting P/L and Peter Gannon of Ecocentric Environmental Consulting P/L we are able to provide a full suite of vegetation management services including:

  • Habitat Hectare assessments
  • Net Gain analysis
  • Flora and fauna surveys, including targeted surveys for threatened species
  • Scattered Tree assessments
  • Environmental Management Plans
  • Land Management Plans
  • Offset Management Plans
  • Vegetation offset broker services
  • On ground vegetation management works
  • Weed mapping

We have the capability to undertake all surveys, assessments and reporting relating to biodiversity that are required when a proposed development requires planning approval to remove native vegetation and/or impact fauna habitat. This may include Habitat Hectare assessments, flora and fauna assessments, Net Gain analysis and Offset Management Plans.

The types of developments that may require such assessments include house block permit applications for a dwelling or extension, medium or large scale urban subdivisions, industrial developments, roads, pipelines and other large scale infrastructure projects. We have the capacity to undertake ecological assessments of varied scale from small bush-blocks through to broad scale subdivisions or re-zonings.

Our consultants are certified Habitat Hectare assessors and have many years experience with the Habitat Hectares method. We also have the necessary expertise to conduct detailed flora and fauna assessments, including targeted surveys for threatened species.

We are intricately familiar with the local, state and federal policy and legislation relating to biodiversity and fire risk assessment. We can therefore address all such assessment and reporting requirements and can anticipate the requirements of referral authorities early in the planning stages of a development.

Victoria’s native vegetation permitted clearing regulations

Victoria’s native vegetation permitted clearing regulations policy requires that a proponent avoid and minimise native vegetation before vegetation offsets can be considered. Collaboration between ecologists and designers is therefore essential to address the ‘avoid minimise’ requirement of the policy, which relies on detailed information about habitat quality at the development site. We have extensive experience in design collaboration with private landholders, developers and government departments. We work closely with our clients and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI; formerly the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DEPI)) to help them achieve their design objectives whilst aiming for the best possible environmental outcomes.

Land and Offset Management Plans

We can create Offset Management Plans to meet Net Gain requirements or general Land Management Plans for land covered by Environmental Significance Overlays (ESOs), Vegetation Protection Overlays (VPOs) and/or Wildfire Management Overlay (WMOs) to meet Local Council and/or Country Fire Authority (CFA) requirements.

Landscape planning

Local government may require broad-scale landscape assessments of natural values when creating or revising certain overlays, such as Environmental Significance Overlays, or when landscape scale management plans are required. We can design and implement data collection methods and have expertise in GIS based systems designed to efficiently capture landscape scale information.
We also have experience in contributing to master plans for reserves and other local government managed land, which requires a holistic landscape scale approach to vegetation management, and/or other ecological and fire related issues.

Bushland Management Plans

We have expertise in creating management plans for bushland reserves to guide the ecological management and restoration of sites, especially those with high quality habitat values. Such reserves may include sites managed by local government, DEPI, Melbourne Water or Parks Victoria. We also have experience as community facilitators and can collaborate with local friends groups when designing and implementing Bushland Management Plans for reserves or private properties.

Our community facilitation experience can also assist private landholders to apply for government grants, such as the Melbourne Water Stream Frontage Management Program and other such grants designed for private landholders to manage native vegetation and improve habitat and water quality on private property.

Our consultants have a background in on-ground environmental management, including the use of herbicides and other bush regeneration techniques to promote and restore biodiversity in local bushland reserves. We therefore have the necessary knowledge to create useable and meaningful Bushland Management Plans that can be used by contractors to guide the ecological management of bushland reserves.

Offset brokerage

Ecocentric Environmental Consulting is a Bush Broker accredited organisation and can assist permit holders that are clearing native vegetation to find a matching third party offset site. We can also work with private and government landowners to develop Landowner Agreements for the trade of Offsets through third-party mechanisms or ‘over-the-counter’ arrangements.
Ecocentric Environmental Consulting is a DEPI registered over-the-counter broker.

Weed mapping and monitoring programs

We can design and implement weed mapping programs such as those typically required by public land managers in order to prioritise weed control efforts in reserves and other public land.
We also have expertise in the design of ecological monitoring programs applied to sites in order to measure ecological change over time. Monitoring programs may be required by public land managers or government departments to evaluate the effectiveness of weed control programs, or other ecological restoration programs.