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PWS - Fires update and impacts

20/02/2019

Background: A number of fires were ignited by dry lightning that crossed the state in late December 2018 and mid-January 2019. The storms of 15 January 2019 resulted in approximately 2,400 lightning strikes and caused over 60 new ignitions.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 15 February 2019

15/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened today (Friday 15 February).More

PWS Fire Update - Thursday 14 February 2019

14/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened.More

Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area

Introduction

The Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area (NRA) contains approximately 120ha of remnant native vegetation. The area has been recognised for its plant communities of Eucalyptus amygdalina on dolerite with small areas of Eucalyptus ovata and Melaleuca ericifolia.  It also is home to many small threatened plant species.

The reserve is named after Kate Reed, the wife of the late Henry Reed who owned Mount Pleasant Estate which once included the area now reserved.  

Kate Reed NRA was first reserved on 27 May 1983, then extended and declared a Nature Recreation Area on 30 April 1999, under the Nature Conservation Act 2002.  This type of reservation ensured that the natural values of the reserve are conserved whilst still providing opportunities for public recreation and education.

Over time, a network of unsealed tracks has evolved to extend over 15km within this small reserve and adjacent private land.  In recent years, mountain bike riders have recognised the potential of the reserve‚Äôs tracks and have become the dominant users.  Running, walking, and dog walking are other activities commonly undertaken in the reserve.