The planning of woodland operations shall include:
- Obtaining any relevant permission and giving any formal notification required
- Assessing and taking into account on and off-site impacts
- Taking measures to protect water resources and soils, and prevent disturbance of and damage to priority species, habitats, ecosystems and landscape values, including adapting standard prescriptions where required. Any disturbance or damage which does occur shall be mitigated and/or repaired, and steps shall be taken to avoid recurrence
- Measures to maintain and, where appropriate, enhance the value of identified services and resources such as watersheds and fisheries.
Particular attention should be given to ensuring that:
- Local people potentially affected are informed at the onset of operations
- Workers are involved in the planning of operations at the implementation stage.
Checks should be made against relevant country-level plans for priority habitats and species.
- Documented permissions
- Discussion with the owner/manager and workers
- Demonstration of awareness of impacts and measures taken
- Site-specific, documented assessment of impacts
- Operational site assessments.
Operational plans shall be clearly communicated to all workers so that they understand and implement safety precautions, environmental protection plans, biosecurity protocols, emergency procedures, and prescriptions for the management of features of high conservation value.OPEN
Operations shall cease or relocate immediately where:
- They damage sites or features of conservation value or of special cultural and historical significance identified in sections 4.1-4.5 and 4.8. Operations in the vicinity shall recommence only when action has been taken to repair damage and prevent any further damage, including establishing buffer areas where appropriate.
- They reveal previously unknown sites or features which may be of conservation value or of special cultural and historical significance. Operations in the vicinity shall recommence only when the sites or features have been investigated and appropriate management agreed, where relevant in discussion with statutory bodies and/or local people.