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Summary of Mt Field National Park, Marriotts Falls State Reserve & Junee Cave State Reserve Management Plan January 2002

The full version of the Mt Field National Park, Marriotts Falls State Reserve & Junee Cave State Reserve Management Plan January 2002 can be downloaded as a PDF (872 Kb).

Constituent maps are available as separate PDF's:

  • Map 1 Regional Location and Access (796 Kb)
  • Map 2 Zoning & Land Tenure (79 Kb) 
  • Map 3 Management Zoning (219 Kb)
  • Map 4 Walking Tracks, Huts, Topography and Drainage (83 Kb)
  • Map 5 Simplified Geology (363 Kb)
  • Map 6 Simplified Vegetation (237 Kb)
  • Map 7 Russell Falls Visitor Services Zone (69 Kb)
  • Map 8 Lake Dobson Visitor Services Zone (1999 Kb)
  • Map 9 Lake Fenton/Lady Barron Creek Drinking Water Catchment Zone (71 Kb)

Summary

Mount Field National Park (15,881 ha) is one of the most popular protected areas in Tasmania. It is located near the southeastern boundary of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The park protects a number of important natural ecosystems, a rich cultural heritage and encompasses a significant water catchment. Mount Field demonstrates an outstanding altitudinal range of vegetation communities ranging from tall eucalypts to native pines. The lower parts of the park include or adjoin nationally significant karst systems, while the higher parts showcase classic glacial landscapes such as U-shaped valleys, alpine lakes and tarns. The Lake Fenton/Lady Barron Creek drinking water catchment is relatively undisturbed, providing clean and low cost drinking water. Nearly 20% of Hobart's water is drawn from the catchment.

One of the two oldest national parks in Tasmania, Mount Field has provided an important recreational and educational resource for the local community and Hobart residents since the end of the nineteenth century. The nearby reserves of Marriotts Falls State Reserve and Junee Cave State Reserve are small in area but protect important scenic and natural values.

Mount Field National Park will be managed to protect its outstanding natural and cultural values and provide for a broad range of recreational activities such as bushwalking, skiing, camping, scenic driving and picnicking. High quality visitor facilities will be provided to enhance such visitor experiences. The major management strategies for the park are summarised below.

  • The protection of the natural and cultural heritage values of the park and reserves from adverse human impact, unplanned fire, introduced species and diseases will continue to be of the highest priority.
  • The 'rediscovery' of the park as a tourism icon will be promoted to encourage locals and visitors alike to appreciate, understand and enjoy the park's natural and cultural values, as well as the wide range of recreational opportunities it offers.
  • The park will be divided into six management zones, each based on different types and degrees of use and management requirements.
  • The Russell Falls Visitor Zone will provide improved day use facilities in the most heavily used part of the park. These facilities include a new visitor centre to provide information, interpretation and educational services, a park shop and kiosk, improved carparking and traffic flow, more picnicking facilities and improved short walk opportunities for visitors.
  • In order to protect the water supply, a catchment management plan has been developed for the Lake Fenton/Lady Barron Creek Drinking Water Catchment Area. Implementation of that plan means that some recreational and other activities may be restricted to protect the catchment.
  • The Mt Mawson skifield will be managed to minimise environmental degradation and to provide safe, environmentally and economically sustainable services and infrastructure.
  • There will be a greater emphasis on research, monitoring and evaluation to ensure that management of the park is consistent with the objectives and the long-term vision for the park.
  • Most of the park, except for the Russell Falls Visitor Services Zone, will be declared a 'Fuel Stove Only Area'.
  • There will be an increased emphasis on liaising with neighbouring land managers to achieve co-operative and complementary management practices for adjoining areas to protect geoconservation values (especially karst and cave) and other natural heritage values of the park and reserves.