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Hartz Peak Track Closed

21/01/2019

PWS advises that the Hartz Peak Track in Hartz Mountains National Park has been closed until further notice due to increased fire risk.More

PWS Campfire restrictions extended statewide

21/01/2019

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is extending the current campfire restrictions statewide until further notice.More

PWS Fire update

20/01/2019

There are many fires currently burning in national parks and reserves in Tasmania, including the Southwest National Park and Southwest Conservation Area.More

Threatened Species

Tasmania has a rich and unique flora and fauna, with many species occuring nowhere else on Earth. Many species which flourish in Tasmania occurred on mainland Australia until relatively recently. Tasmania acts as a last refuge for these species that have become extinct on the mainland. With extensive areas of high quality wilderness and high levels of protection within our extensive and diverse reserve system, Tasmania offers hope for the future of our remarkable natural heritage.

Yet many of the State's plants and animals are threatened with extinction. The causes of these threats are many, and include the impacts of introduced species, loss of habitat and degradation of habitats.

More than 600 species of plant and animal are listed on the schedules of Tasmania's Threatened Species Protection Act 1995, with new species being added to the list regularly.

Threatened Species Educational Kit

The Threatened Species Educational Kit, specifically designed for school students, provides details on some of Tasmania's threatened animals and plants.

The Biodiversity Conservation Branch of the Department of Primary Industries and Water is the lead agency in the management of Tasmania's threatened species, and their web site provides a wide range of detailed resources, including: