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Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park

24/08/2019

Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p

19/08/2019

When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

AFAC Independent Operational Review of the 2018-19 bushfires

08/08/2019

Following the 2018-19 bushfires the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent report by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Council to review the overall response and identify areas where more can be done to improve the State's response andMore

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.