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The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, has urged the community to have a say on how best to protect and enjoy the Walls of Jerusalem National Park.

Mr Wightman said the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) today released the Draft Recreation Zone Plan for the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, which sets out strategies to conserve the natural environment and provide a quality visitor experience.

“The Walls of Jerusalem is the second-most popular backcountry walking destination in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area,” he said.

“It is not hard to understand why some 4,500 visitors every year enjoy one of the best walking experiences our state has to offer and we want to make sure that continues long into the future.”

Mr Wightman said the glaciated dolerite peaks, lakes and tarns, native pine forests and grassy valleys are significant components of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

“This plan recognises that there are trends in visitor numbers and use, which, if not addressed, will impact negatively on the area’s values.

“Getting the planning right means we can all continue to enjoy the area without damaging what makes it so special.”

The plan highlights three different walking options: a day trip, an overnight trip and a three-day experience on a loop track. It also foreshadows the establishment of suitable camping sites at key locations.

Improved visitor management, particularly of large groups, is identified, as is the investigation of a web-based booking system for walkers to address overcrowding on peak days and give groups confidence of campsite availability.

The Draft Recreation Zone Plan for the Walls of Jerusalem is available on the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au

Comments on the plan can be directed to representations@parks.tas.gov.au and must be received by 19 July 2013.

Planning for the future at the Walls of Jerusalem

Public feedback is sought on the Draft Recreation Zone Plan for the Walls of Jerusalem.