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New picnic facilities for Penny's Lagoon

08/08/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed the construction of a new picnic shelter at Penny's Lagoon within the Lavinia State Reserve on King Island.
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Celebrating World Ranger Day

31/07/2018

The work of Tasmania's rangers is vital in the daily management of our 19 national parks and more than 800 reserves, encompassing approximately 50 per cent of the State.
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Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation

22/03/2018

Planned ecological burns in Southwest National Park will help regenerate important habitat areas for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.More

Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area

Introduction

The Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area (NRA) contains approximately 120ha of remnant native vegetation. The area has been recognised for its plant communities of Eucalyptus amygdalina on dolerite with small areas of Eucalyptus ovata and Melaleuca ericifolia.  It also is home to many small threatened plant species.

The reserve is named after Kate Reed, the wife of the late Henry Reed who owned Mount Pleasant Estate which once included the area now reserved.  

Kate Reed NRA was first reserved on 27 May 1983, then extended and declared a Nature Recreation Area on 30 April 1999, under the Nature Conservation Act 2002.  This type of reservation ensured that the natural values of the reserve are conserved whilst still providing opportunities for public recreation and education.

Over time, a network of unsealed tracks has evolved to extend over 15km within this small reserve and adjacent private land.  In recent years, mountain bike riders have recognised the potential of the reserve‚Äôs tracks and have become the dominant users.  Running, walking, and dog walking are other activities commonly undertaken in the reserve.