Ranger preparing to maintain tracks with chainsaw gear beside work ute
Ranger preparing to maintain tracks (photograph: Daniel Peek)

Managing our parks and reserves

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The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is responsible for managing the State's 19 national parks, three World Heritage Areas (WHAs) including our Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), and over 800 other reserves including marine reserves, Marine Conservation Areas (MCAs), Crown land and, sites of historic and cultural significance. We partner with our colleagues across government and the community to manage the natural and cultural values of these landscapes and importantly to protect Aboriginal and historic heritage.​

Some of the more iconic of our reserves include the Darlington Probation Station World Heritage Area on Maria Island National Park which is listed as part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property and the Macquarie Island Nature Reserve and World Heritage Area.​

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For a more detailed view of reserves you can use the map on TheList with the layers for 'public land classification' and 'marine nature reserves' turned on.

In this Topic

  • Management plans and reports
    Find associated Management plans and other reports for our parks and reserves.
  • Performance monitoring and evaluation
    Find out more about performance monitoring and evaluation for Tasmania's national parks and reserves, including World Heritage Areas.
  • Reserve listing
    ​​​Complete Listing of National Parks and Reserves under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 (as at 29 January 2014)
  • Reserve Activity Assessment
    The Parks and Wildlife Service is responsible for assessing the environmental impacts of proposals in Tasmania’s reserved lands. This is also known as a Reserve Area Assessment (RAA).