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12/06/2018

Public comment is now invited on the Draft Freycinet Peninsula Master Plan.More

Ben Lomond recovery works update

31/05/2018

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will oversee the recovery works at Ben Lomond after a recent fire destroyed essential infrastructure.More

Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation

22/03/2018

Planned ecological burns in Southwest National Park will help regenerate important habitat areas for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.More

Maria Island wildlife management operation

18/06/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) will undertake a wildlife management operation at Maria Island National Park during the week of 22-27 June 2014.


PWS acting Southern Region manager Paul Black 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 650 Bennett’s wallabies,” Mr Black 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, and 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 will be temporarily closed to the public from 22-27 June 2014 while the operation occurs.


The Maria Island Macropod Management Annual Report July 2014 is available on the PWS website here.