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Mt Strzelecki walk back on track

28/06/2019

Flinders Island's Mt Strzelecki walking track has received an upgrade which will improve the experience for walkers and visitors, as well as environmental management.More

New car park for Ben Lomond National Park

28/06/2019

A new visitor carpark is now complete at Ben Lomond National Park. The car park will be opened to visitors and fully operational in the coming weeks in time for this winter's first major snow fall.More

Planned burn success on Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area sites

28/06/2019

The Tasmania Wilderness World Heritage Area experienced significant wildfire events between January and March this year, yet there are still areas that require pro-active fire management for the protection and conservation of the area's values.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 22 February 2019

22/02/2019

Preliminary impact assessment – the facts to date


To date, the fire area has affected around 94,000 ha (about 6%) of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and approximately 42,476 ha (about 3.4%) of other reserves managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.


Initial analysis suggests that about 80% the affected area within the TWWHA contains fire adapted vegetation, like buttongrass, native grassland, eucalypt forest, heathland and scrub. Some of these communities depend on fire for their ecological functioning, and we can see that buttongrass has already begun to reshoot in many places.


Less than 1% of extreme fire sensitivity vegetation communities occur within the current mapped fire boundary area. Examples include rainforest with king billy pine, alpine conifer communities, alpine deciduous beech communities and rainforest with deciduous beech.


We have confirmation that some pencil pines on the Denison Range have been impacted. This is the only impact to conifers known at present and equates to less than 0.01% of the mapped pencil pine extent across the state.


About 6% of very high fire sensitivity communities, including alpine and subalpine heathland (excluding conifers, rainforest, and mixed forest) are within current fire boundaries and about 5% of the mixed forest is within current fire boundaries.