The Tasmanian Reserve Estate spatial layer, as at 30 June 2021, indicates a total reserved area of 3,621,000 hectares, including formal and informal reserves on public land, reserves on private land, and Marine Protected Areas.
The terrestrial reserved area is 3,427,700 hectares, or 50.3% of the area of Tasmania, including reserved land managed by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and Forestry Tasmania, formal and informal reserves on public land, reserves on private land, and Wellington Park.
In total, the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) manages 806 reserves covering about 2.86 million hectares, or about 40% of the land area of the State, excluding marine areas. These reserves have been declared under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 that sets out the values and purposes of each reserve class and managed under the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002 according to management objectives for each class of reserve.
The PWS also assists in the protection of private land that is declared as Private Nature Reserves, Private Sanctuaries and Areas Covenanted for Conservation.
The following table is a summary of the number of reserves, and total area in hectares, proclaimed under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 for which the PWS is the Managing Authority. Details of the reserves within each reserve classification including their size, IUCN category, Council area, CPR Plan Number, and relevant Statutory Rules are available online as a PDF.
Reserve Listing (PDF 695Kb)
The following table is a summary of the number of reserves under each classification and the total area in hectares of each classification.
|Number of reserves||Area (ha)|
|Nature recreation area||24||67,227|