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Rehabilitation of a former access road into the Southport Lagoon Conservation Area has been completed, reinstating the area's conservation values and discouraging illegal vehicle activity.

The two kilometre gravel and cord road was constructed several years ago to provide access for a proposed forestry operation on private land owned by the Vernon family. The land was subsequently purchased by the Tasmanian Land Conservancy with funding from businessman Dick Smith and public donations.

Parks and Wildlife Service general manager Peter Mooney said the project was an example of ongoing cooperation between specialists from the Department of Primary Industries and Water and Parks and Wildlife Service staff.

"We had expert botanical advice from DPIW rehabilitation officer Mike Comfort and threatened species botanist Mick Ilowski who assisted with specifications for the rehabilitation and supervision," Mr Mooney said.

Two excavators spent nearly a week on site, removing all culverts, putting a layer of peat back over the gravel and ripping the surface to encourage revegetation.

Mr Mooney said that the peat would contain organic matter and a variety of plant seeds that will regenerate naturally.

"With reasonable rainfall, we would expect good recovery with fine green shoots within 12 months to two years.

"The rehabilitation of this former road is important for the conservation area as it will discourage illegal use and reduce landscape scarring."

The $22,000 project was funded through the Priority Asset Maintenance Program.