A large group of particapants following a bollywood dance routine on the lawns of Mount Field National Park
Bollywood dancing at Mount Field (photograph: Jonathan Wherrett)

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50 years on: Original Maria Island Ranger shares his memories

Fifty years ago, Maria Island was declared a National Park. Today, it is one of our premier visitor destinations and a place of natural and historical significance for Tasmania. To mark the 50-year anniversary, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service caught up with Rex Gatenby, who was the first Ranger on the island.

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Overland Track huts and Walls of Jerusalem upgrades unveiled

Two major projects to increase the capacity and amenity of walker huts in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and upgrades to the recreational amenity at the Walls of Jerusalem National Park are now officially complete.

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Important update on PWS closures

We continue to respond to the extreme weather conditions, including flooding, experienced across the state. To ensure public safety, the following park, road and track closures remain in place as at 4 November, 2022.

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Thousands of seals take up residence on Macquarie Island beaches

Thousands of southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina), the largest seal species in the world, have taken up temporary residence again on Macquarie Island’s beaches.

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Walker registration encouraged for some overnight walks

​The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is encouraging bushwalkers to register their intention to undertake overnight walks in some of the State’s most remote and pristine locations.

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Digital device a game-changer for remote site management

A high-tech tool to monitor the state’s most remote locations and support land management operations has been successfully deployed for the first time.

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Fire season preparedness in full swing around the state

As the fire season nears, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) staff have been busy with the annual fire season preparedness program.

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Return of the nostril-flaring beachmasters to Macquarie Island

The elephant seal breeding season has started on Macquarie Island, a Nature Reserve and World Heritage Area located about halfway between Australia and Antarctica in the Southern Ocean.

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Rescue efforts continue at mass whale stranding on Tasmania’s west coast

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service staff, along with colleagues from Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas), volunteers and local aquaculture company personnel continue to rescue, re-float, and release whales today following the mass whale stranding near Strahan on Wednesday 21 September.

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