Today the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area celebrates its 40th anniversary of being declared a World Heritage Area.
It is one of only two sites globally to meet seven of the 10 criteria for World Heritage listing.
Covering 1.59 million hectares this global wonder is home to many special features of natural and cultural significance. It is one of the world's largest and most spectacular temperate wild areas and a precious cultural landscape for Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
The palawa, as the traditional owners of lutruwita have a long and continuing connection with this landscape for more than 40,000 years. Their ongoing care for country is an essential part of their continued identity and protection of their culture.
For the past 40 years Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service staff have played a special role in maintaining and managing the outstanding universal values that saw this precious part of the world become the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Our work spans a range of roles including planning, research, pest control, fire management, visitor information and maintenance.
The 40-year anniversary of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area represents a great milestone and we will continue to protect and value the area's natural and cultural significance.