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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

Temporary closure of Maria Island for wildlife management operation

24/06/2013

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will undertake a wildlife population control operation at Maria Island National Park during the week 30 June to 5 July, during which time the island will be closed to the public.


PWS senior ranger Peter Lingard said that the PWS has a responsibility to manage Maria Island in a way that conserve’s the island’s biodiversity while also maintaining a viable and healthy animal population.


“PWS has been actively managing the island’s macropod species since 1994 and this year there is a need to remove up to 720 animals from the three macropod populations of Forester kangaroos, Bennetts wallabies and Tasmanian pademelons,” Mr Lingard said.


“The decision to remove these animals is based on a scientific monitoring program of three key indicators that provide a picture of the health of the animals, the island’s vegetation and current and future conditions.”


“Maria Island is unique in that the environment has been significantly altered by human use and the past introduction of species, including Forester kangaroos and Bennett’s wallabies, presents ongoing management challenges.


“Population control on Maria is an animal welfare issue. When the macropod populations are too high, animals become sick and distressed and this is what we are aiming to avoid.”


Maria Island is temporarily closed to the public from 30 June – 5 July while the operation occurs.