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Summary of Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Management Plan 2002

The full version of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Management Plan 2002 can be downloaded as a PDF File (524 Kb)

Constituent maps are available as separate PDF files:

Map 1: Location (241 Kb) 
Map 2: Tenure of Surrounding Land (1.2 Mb) 
Map 3: Management Zones (603 Kb)
Map 4: Topography and Drainage (788 Kb) 
Map 5: Vegetation Communities (2.75 Mb) 
Map 6: Designated Roads and Off-Road Routes (373 Kb) 
Map 7: National Estate Listed Area (372 Kb)


Summary


The Arthur–Pieman Conservation Area, a reserve of 100,135 hectares, lies on the north-west coast of Tasmania. Extensive parts of the Arthur–Pieman Conservation Area are listed on the Register of the National Estate (see Map 7). The reserve provides protection to an extraordinary richness of Aboriginal cultural heritage, to highly significant and diverse ecosystems, and to spectacular coastal landscapes and wilderness values.

The conservation area has been described as ‘... one of the world’s great archaeological regions’ (Richards & Richards in Harries 1992) on account of its Aboriginal heritage values.

Several vegetation communities in the reserve have been identified to be of conservation significance (Harries, 1992) including: 
· buttongrass moorland communities; 
· rainforest communities; 
· wet eucalypt forest communities; 
· dry sclerophyll heathy communities; and 
· Sphagnum communities.

The coast of the Arthur–Pieman Conservation Area serves as an important part of the Bass Strait migratory corridor for many bird species including the threatened orange-bellied parrot, and provides valuable breeding habitat for numerous shore birds that are threatened elsewhere in Australia (Slater in Harries, 1992).

The reserve has historic cultural heritage significance. The major themes are cattle grazing and mining. Known sites include remnants of the Balfour–Temma tramway, the Balfour telegraph, the Balfour track and the Sandy Cape Lighthouse, but many other sites are likely to exist. The reserve is a popular place for recreation, particularly with residents of north-west Tasmania. Recreational pursuits range from sea-orientated activities such as fishing, boating, surfing and skindiving to land-based activities such as camping, recreational vehicle driving, hunting, angling, bushwalking, photography, nature study and horse riding.

The reserve is also important for a range of commercial activities that have economic implications, particularly for the local community. Activities include agistment, mineral prospecting, tourism and as a base for commercial fishing. The reserve has potential importance for wind electricity generation, bull kelp collection and many other small scale commercial activities.

The reserve will be managed to protect values, while providing for a range of activities. The major management initiatives for the reserve are summarised below.

· Far greater emphasis will be placed upon careful management and interpretation of the reserve’s Aboriginal heritage values. 
· Cattle agistment will be subject to closer regulation, and will be placed on a stronger commercial footing. 
· The use of off-road recreation vehicles in the reserve will continue, but with careful regulation and emphasis on the education of users about low impact use. 
· Camping will continue to be provided for in the area but the general southward migration of camping activities will be discouraged. 
· Visitor services will be concentrated into existing activity nodes. Summary 
· An enterprise unit will be established to manage the provision of visitor services. 
· Degraded sites will be rehabilitated and values restored where practicable. 
· There will be enhanced opportunity for community involvement through the creation of a Management Committee and various consultation groups.

All provisions of this plan requiring expenditure are subject to the availability of funding.