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Refilling holes resulting from uprooted trees and other vegetation during grubbing. The filler is a material designed to preserve the structure of the surrounding soil.
A scientist who studies plants and their interaction with the environment and other organisms.
The defined limit of a property within which a landowner may legally make modifications. A land survey establishes these limits.
A heaped quantity of vegetative debris is set for removal by burning.
Built-up underbrush susceptible to combustion. This combustion could lead to the onset and spread of an uncontrolled fire.
Land clearing based on cutting down vegetation and uprooting stumps. The resulting debris is usually burned or hauled off-site.
A licence required to undertake operational work involving native vegetation removal. The permit is not required if the activity is subject to an exemption.
A heavy machine that uses tracks for mobility.
Heavy machinery equipped with a mechanical arm, generally used for digging and earth moving.
A protective measure against bushfires. The method seeks to create spaces without vegetation that restrict a fire’s ability to spread.
Any activity designed to reduce the incidence of uncontrolled fires. Such activities may include creating fire breaks, clearing underbrush and retaining soil moisture.
A document identifying the native flora, threatened species and other vegetation on a property. The report aims to inform an impact assessment and guide land management.
A land clearing method using a mulching machine to shred vegetation on-site. The shredded vegetation is spread as mulch.
Removing soil to create a slope that causes water to flow in a particular direction.
The process of removing vegetation from an area of land. The activity is usually for agricultural cultivation, or commercial or residential development.
The act of modifying a piece of land to improve its utility, typically for human activity.
Activities involving land modifications, usually for aesthetic purposes. Activities may include removing select vegetation, adding new foliage or altering the land’s topography.
A survey mapping the precise boundaries of a piece of land and all physical features. Surveys include both natural and human-constructed features.
A detachable machine part designed to mulch vegetation. Mulching heads come in different forms, such as disc mulchers and drum mulchers, which provide various benefits.
A bushfire prevention method using controlled fires to clear vegetation.
A parcel of land legally possessed by a landowner, whether an individual, corporate entity or public body.
A monetary evaluation of a property’s worth based on various factors. Factors may include the land’s immediate utility, size, and location.
A vehicle access point to an area.
A heavy machine characterised by the use of wheels for mobility.
Soil degradation through the loss of topsoil. Soil erosion is a consequence of many factors. The removal of stabilising agents like root systems and weathering effects like rain and wind can all play a part.
The categorisation of soil based on properties such as texture and looseness. These properties affect the movement and operability of heavy machinery.
Using a mulching machine to remove stumps by shredding them. This method negates the need for uprooting.
Ground cover made of shrubs and small trees.

Legislation enacted to regulate land clearing activities. The act’s focus is environmental conservation. This focus includes factors (as per the Queensland government) such as:
– Conserving remnant vegetation;
– Ensuring clearing does not cause land degradation;
– Preventing loss of biodiversity;
– Maintaining ecological processes;
– Reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
– Allowing for sustainable land use.

Biosecurity protocols enacted to prevent the spread of weeds. Activities include cleaning clothing and machinery before leaving a property and appropriate weed disposal.

Activities related to the control of harmful and toxic vegetation like noxious weeds. Weed management is generally designed to protect native flora, fauna, or arable land.

Michael Nass


Michael Nass is the managing director of East Coast Mulching, a company that provides land clearing and forestry mulching services in Sunshine CoastAustralia. Michael Nass supports a team of passionate land clearing specialists who have unbeatable knowledge and experience of the land. He has been farming his entire life, which gives him the expertise to get the best out of your land. Michael works hard to provide value far beyond your expectations. He won’t leave until you are satisfied with their work.