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CONSULTANCY

Natural State offers a range of environmental management consultancy and planning services throughout Tasmania.

 

Our consultancy service incorporates years of experience and training in both the private and public sectors. We are committed to providing practical solutions and value for money. We understand our client’s needs and deliver projects on time and on budget. 

 

Natural State consultancy and planning services include:

 

  • Assisting your organisation to comply with specific environmental regulations required under legislation. For example with local government Planning and Development Applications, and state government Environmental Protection Authority requirements.
     

  • Assistance with developing and implementing an Environmental Management System – ISO14001:2004, to reduce environmental impacts and improve environmental performance. Together, we can prove that your brand truly honours the Tasmanian clean and green image.
     

  • Environmental evaluations to quantify your existing performance and to set goals for reducing environmental impacts. 
     

  • Bushfire Prone Area vegetation management plans with effective land management strategies to reduce fuel loads and minimise the potential impact of severe bushfires.
     

  • Conservation planning for natural area protection and enhancement. We use a range of tools including: 

    • Cost/benefit analysis,

    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS),

    • Mapping,

    • Monitoring,

    • and Risk management.

 

  • Vegetation Condition Monitoring - Matt is accredited in TASVEG Vegetation Condition Assessment Monitoring and can assess the condition of your native vegetation to determine an initial baseline score before commencing management works, as well as offering ongoing vegetation monitoring over time.
     

  • Weed management plans. Ideal for guiding on ground action for natural area restoration projects. We can provide 
    recommendations for your project to help with the logistics and to set realistic expectations of what can be achieved within specified timeframes. Our plans clearly outline the costings for each year, based on experience and current market rates.
     

  • Flora and fauna surveys to record the natural values present, and to provide recommendations for management options. We use remote sensing cameras to capture evidence of the presence of nocturnal animals and their behaviour.
     

  • GPS mapping and GIS analysis using ArcGIS v10.2 software to capture and display data for specific audiences or stakeholder needs.
     

  • Revegetation planning for environmental plantings of indigenous species:

    • complete planning, design and implementation service, from site to landscape scale revegetation projects.

 

  • Shelterbelt planning and design including: 

    • Species selection,

    • Spacing,

    • Site preparation,

    • Methodologies,

    • Timing and costing. 
       

  • Delivery of workshops, field days and group training events providing practical hands-on experience in Conservation and Land Management and Sustainability education activities. 

 

  • Project management – accountable, competent, effective, motivated and professional service.
     

  • Grant writing - assisting schools and community groups with all aspects of grant writing including:

    • sourcing grants, sponsorship and funding opportunities

    • application writing

    • assistance with grant management and delivery; and 

    • assistance with reporting to funding providers. 

 

Natural State collaborates with a range of specialist consultants and experts when an inter-disciplinary approach to environmental management problem solving is required.  

CASE STUDIES

CONSERVATION ACTION PLANNING
Private landholders - North West Region

 

Before starting any on ground works, we can conduct flora and fauna surveys and vegetation condition assessments to record these baseline reference points. 

 

Once we better understand the structure and composition of your natural asset, then we can recommend site specific management options to protect or enhance these areas. This is a popular service for landowners who have moved over from the mainland......like us!  

THE NUT STATE RESERVE WEED MANAGEMENT PLAN
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service - Stanley

 

In early 2015, we developed a 5 year Weed Management Plan for The Nut State Reserve. Weed management zones were defined and mapped. Control options for the target weeds were recommended, the appropriate timing, registered herbicides and application rates for use in Tasmania were also recommended.

 

The plan also provides an estimate of the budgets required for effective control in all of the weed management zones. This helps with forward planning and resource allocation. 

AFRICAN BOXTHORN NATIONAL BEST PRACTICE MANUAL
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

 

In late 2013, we assisted Mike Noble from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) to co-author the African Boxthorn national best practice manual : managing African Boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimum) in Australia. 
 

The Manual provides practical advice and case studies to assist with planning and implementing management of this Weed of National Significance (WoNS).