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Carmichael Coal Mine Pre-clearance Ecological Assessments

Ecological assessment to quantify Matters of National and State Environmental Significance. This included assessing the presence of threatened ecological communities (TECs), quantifying impacts to threatened fauna and flora and assessing animal breeding places.

Challenges

The project required ecologists to traverse an area of approximately 328.29 ha of varying and trying terrain, over the course of two days. Expertise and in-depth experience of the ecology and habitat requirements for the ten threatened species and several Regional Ecosystems and TECs known or likely to occur within the clearing footprint was required in order to correctly identify and quantify these habitats and habitat features.

Innovation

Due to the cryptic nature of many of the species, expertise and in-depth experience of the ecology and habitat requirements of each threatened species was applied to map habitat for each species. E2M’s approach complemented existing Species Management Plans and Environmental Approvals for the Project.

E2M’s approach complemented existing Species Management Plans and Environmental Approvals for the Project.

Outcomes

E2M completed these works within the allocated timeframe and budget. The assessment mapped and quantified habitat for ten threatened species. Pre-clearance, animal breeding places and impact management plan reports were submitted and approved by the Queensland Government.

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