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Visitor safety under the spotlight in new walker safety video

16/04/2018

Visitor safety in Tasmania's national parks and reserves has received a major investment with a suite of projects, including a new feature video on bushwalking preparation and safety.More

Draft Frenchmans Cap Recreation Zone Plan 2018

12/04/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has released the Draft Recreation Zone Plan 2018 for the Frenchmans Cap area.More

Redeveloped Lake Tahune Hut now open

12/04/2018

A locally designed and built, energy-efficient and sustainable hut is now welcoming bushwalkers at Lake Tahune on the Frenchmans Cap Track in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.More

Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area

Introduction

The Kate Reed Nature Recreation Area (NRA) contains approximately 120ha of remnant native vegetation. The area has been recognised for its plant communities of Eucalyptus amygdalina on dolerite with small areas of Eucalyptus ovata and Melaleuca ericifolia.  It also is home to many small threatened plant species.

The reserve is named after Kate Reed, the wife of the late Henry Reed who owned Mount Pleasant Estate which once included the area now reserved.  

Kate Reed NRA was first reserved on 27 May 1983, then extended and declared a Nature Recreation Area on 30 April 1999, under the Nature Conservation Act 2002.  This type of reservation ensured that the natural values of the reserve are conserved whilst still providing opportunities for public recreation and education.

Over time, a network of unsealed tracks has evolved to extend over 15km within this small reserve and adjacent private land.  In recent years, mountain bike riders have recognised the potential of the reserve‚Äôs tracks and have become the dominant users.  Running, walking, and dog walking are other activities commonly undertaken in the reserve.