‚ÄčIn order to mitigate the loss of vegetation through mining operations, a number of management strategies have been developed. These include the conservation of woodland communities and the rehabilitation and remediation of pasture and isolated remnants adjacent to currently vegetated areas as part of the former "New Forest" establishment and the Biodiversity Offset Strategy. Other management practices within the project area include:
  • rehabilitation of disturbed areas with endemic species;
  • revegetation and habitat enhancement of diversion channels with endemic riparian, aquatic and semi-aquatic vegetation; and
  • ongoing weed control and monitoring of revegetation works in accordance with the existing Mt Owen monitoring program.

Fauna management at the Mt Owen Complex is undertaken in accordance with the Mt Owen Complex Flora and Fauna Management Plan. This includes detailed management strategies for all fauna groups with specific strategies for individual fauna groups and species. Specific strategies include:

  • debris from the area to be mined, (including tree crowns, old stumps, logs, leaf litter) are collected and spread throughout rehabilitation and revegetation areas, where practicable;
  • cessation of all non-essential activities (including firewood removal and restricting access) in Ravensworth State Forest and revegetation areas;
  • feral animal control;
  • permanent exclusion of domestic stock;
  • preservation of all mature trees and dead standing trees unless removal is critical for the mining operation;
  • installation of suitable nesting boxes for fauna species;
  • removal of suitable tree hollows during clearing, for placement in regeneration/reafforestation/wildlife corridor areas;
  • relocation of reptiles found in the course of activity in the mining area;
  • design and construction of dams such that they provide suitable breeding habitat for frogs (e.g. provide habitat islands, establish vegetation and place logs in and around dams); and
  • ongoing fauna monitoring.