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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island

16/01/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track

05/01/2018

The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.More

Summary of Draft Savage River National Park and Savage River Regional Reserve Management Plan 2001

The full version of the Draft Savage River National Park and Savage River Regional Reserve Management Plan 2001 can be downloaded as a PDF File (276 Kb)

Maps are available as separate PDFs:

Map 1 - Location and Boundary (664 Kb)
Map 2 - Tenure (712 Kb)
Map 3 - Management Zones (400 Kb)
Map 4 - Simplified Vegetation (1 100 Kb)
Map 5  - Access (North) (592 Kb)
Map 6 - Access (South) (176 Kb)

Summary

The reservation of the Savage River National Park and Savage River Regional Reserve forms part of the Tasmanian Government's commitment under the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) to increase the protected status of under-reserved forest types in Tasmania. The areas were reserved on the basis of their ability to contribute to a world class CAR (Comprehensive, Adequate and Representative) reserve system in Tasmania.

Under the Regional Forest Agreement, a number of National Estate Values were assigned to the park and regional reserve. These values reflect the area's rich primitive flora, undisturbed river catchments, high quality wilderness, old growth forests, geodiversity and natural landscape values. The region is also a centre for endemic flora. The park and regional reserve form part of the National Estate listing for the Savage River Region and part of the interim listing for the Tarkine Wilderness Area. The two reserves, with a combined area of 35 660 hectares, are located in north-west Tasmania.

The rainforest located on the Savage River Plateau is the largest contiguous area of cool temperate rainforest surviving in Australia. The area is an outstanding biological resource and a major refuge in Australia for myrtle (Nothofagus cunninghamii) dominated rainforest, a type of forest with strong affinities to Gondwanic land flora. A high diversity of rainforest communities occur within the park including representative callidendrous, thamnic, implicate and intermediate callidendrous/thamnic rainforest communities. Botanically, the area is considered to be of international significance.

The western portion of the park and the regional reserve constitute part of the most extensive basalt plateaux in Tasmania that still retains a wholly intact forest ecosystem. These basalt substrates provide rich and fertile soils which support most of the tallest (over 30 metres) callidendrous rainforest in the region. Basalt soils are highly productive and are greatly sought after for agriculture and forest production. Therefore, the remaining forested areas on basalt soils at higher elevations are particularly important for forest conservation. The park and regional reserve contain habitat for a diverse rainforest fauna and is believed to be a stronghold for a number of vertebrate species and communities which have suffered population declines elsewhere in Tasmania and mainland Australia.

The park is remote and has no facilities or formed walking tracks and offers a remote area wilderness experience to self reliant visitors such as experienced bushwalkers. Whereas the surrounding regional reserve contains a number of existing tracks which provide recreational opportunities such as bushwalking, fishing, camping, scenic four-wheel driving, rafting, canoeing and kayaking. Opportunities for visiting the park by conventional vehicle will also be provided at the more accessible points to the park. The major management iniatives for the park and regional reserve are summarised below:

  • to promote cooperative management arrangements with Foresty Tasmania and the mining industry sector to ensure that surrounding resource use on State forest and the regional reserve does not impact on the wilderness values and biological integrity of the park;
  • to ensure that resource utilisation within the regional reserve is conducted in a sustainable manner;
  • to provide for tourism and recreational opportunities within the regional reserve while maintaining the national park as a core wilderness area;
  • to implement fire management strategies to reduce the risk of wildfire impacting on the values of the reserves, and
  • to minimise the impact of myrtle wilt disease on mature myrtle forest within the reserve areas.