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Ecology

Land and Fire Management Planning

We work collaboratively with our clients, including their land managers and on-ground operators, to produce plans that fit their operating environment and that become living, working and valued documents.  We achieve this by capturing and respecting existing local knowledge, customising the presentation of plans to suit the user, and providing tools for monitoring progress of the plan over its life.

Our land and fire management planning products include site-based, costed action plans that can employ risk-based or cost-benefit prioritization methods, and are supported by direct field observations such as vegetation survey, fuel load assessment, and asset audits.  Mapping is an integral component of plan documentation used to visualize issues and actions.

Monitoring and Survey

Our team is competent in a range of established survey methods including Bushland Condition Monitoring (Nature Conservation Society of SA suite of tools), Biological Survey of South Australia quadrat method;  SA Department for Transport Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI) roadside vegetation survey  and tree health scoring (utilising various established scales).  Additional methods and processes that AWE staff regularly use in the delivery of ecological assessment include ‘ramble’ survey methods and photo-point monitoring.

Staff are also accredited to undertake clearance assessments under the Native Vegetation Act and Significant Environmental Benefit offset assessments.

The team can also develop tailored methodologies to investigate baseline condition or ecological response to specific management initiatives.

Integrated Natural Resources Management

At AWE we understand that interdisciplinary collaboration is the key to natural resources management.  Our ecologists regularly team up with our hydrologists, hydrogeologists, engineers, modelers and planners to:

  • Assess potential beneficial and detrimental impacts on the environment from changed climate, water or infrastructure management regimes;
  • Contribute to site designs and rehabilitation works by advising on revegetation and other habitat enhancement options; and
  • Help communicate and collect feedback on ecological aspects of AWE projects with stakeholders.

Capability Statements available for download:

Ecology

For more information on Ecology please contact Michelle Denny at AWE on (08) 8378 8000