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Celebrating the achievements of landcarers


The Tamar Island Wetland Cares Volunteer Group has been recognised in the 2017 Landcare Tasmania Awards.More

Horsetail Falls walk now open


Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens


The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Parks planned burns program a big success


The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed its most successful planned burn program to date, with 45 burns covering a total of 24,000 hectares completed this past seven months.

The Minister for Parks, Environment and Heritage, Brian Wightman, said the burns had achieved their objectives of asset protection, strategic burning and fuel reduction.

“As the largest land manager in the state, the Service uses controlled burns to protect communities adjacent to reserves by reducing fuel levels, to promote regeneration of vegetation that depends on fire and maintain suitable animal habitats,” Mr Wightman said.

“Successfully completed planned burns have provided better protection for the Coles Bay, Ansons Bay, Sisters Beach and West Coast shack communities by reducing fuel in reserves next to those communities.

“While fuel reduction burning does not solve the problem of wildfires by itself, it can make controlling and extinguishing wildfires easier.

“Other strategic burns were aimed at reducing the risk of large wildfires. Some large-scale burns on West Coast reserves will help to reduce the risk of a recurrence of landscape-scale bushfires such as the 70,000 hectare wildfire that burnt much of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area in 2003.

“In the south-west, burning of the buttongrass plains will help to conserve the habitat of the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.”

Planned burning is usually conducted during autumn but the wetter than average season meant that fuel reduction burning began in spring and continued through the summer and autumn.

Parks planned burns program a big success

A planned burn in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area.

Parks planned burns program a big success

Large tracts of areas with reduced fuel will make it easier to control wildfires.