A. Assess conservation significance

Identify and record the physical characteristics of the site, the condition and quality of its vegetation and the presence of habitat for native species in order to determine its conservation significance.

An assessment process can:

  • Identify what is present on the site.
  • Help compare between regions, catchments, paddocks or areas within a paddock.
  • Help short–term and long–term planning and management by making it easier to work out the most appropriate management activities for different areas and which sites should receive management before others.

Steps 1 to 6 identify the physical and natural characteristics of the area being assessed. These are used to divide the area into ‘management units’. A management unit is an area or patch of land that is characterised by having relatively uniform landform, vegetation and management history. This allows for management to be applied that is most suitable to the conditions present in the patch.

Identify what is on the site
Identify conservation condition
  1. Select management units and record their characteristics
  2. Assess the condition and management history of the site
Site characteristics and condition are described
Management units are identified and mapped
  1. Assess plant composition and identify vegetation communities
  2. Assess vegetation condition
Vegetation community and plant characteristics and condition are identified
  1. Assess habitat diversity and condition
  2. Assess conservation significance

Existing habitats are identified

Conservation significance of each management unit is evaluated