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Second round of consultation begins on the future of Freycinet Peninsula

13/03/2019

Tasmania's unrivalled natural environment is a key driver in our nation-leading visitor economy and the Freycinet Peninsula is one of our most popular tourism destinations.More

Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service issue safety message

08/03/2019

Over the coming weeks, a number of roads inside of fire impacted areas will reopen.More

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

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.