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Fuel reduction burns to protect remote World Heritage Wilderness


A number of large-scale fuel reduction burns will take place within remote areas of the Southwest, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair national parks and the Southwest Conservation Area over the coming months.More

Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation


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

Upgraded Julius River bridges improve visitor access


Bridge upgrades at the Julius River Regional Reserve are now complete.More

Macquarie Harbour Whale Stranding Update


A large sperm whale stranded in Macquarie Harbour has been successfully shepherded into deeper water. A number of members of its pod were found dead after stranding in the Ocean Beach area.

Parks and Wildlife Senior Ranger Chris Arthur said attention must now shift from the whale rescue operation in Macquarie Harbour to a monitoring program of the whale carcasses.

"There are currently whale remains located at Betsey Bay, Fraser Flats, and on the western shore of the harbour near Bonnet Island. The Nature Conservation Branch have taken samples for research, and report that the carcass on Ocean Beach has already begun to break up", he said.

"The isolated locations of the majority of carcasses and the fact that it's winter mean that the carcasses pose little risk to humans.

"We have had discussions with the Hobart Ports representative at Strahan and have been advised that the remains pose no hazard to shipping.

"There is no plan to bury the whales. Parks and Wildlife and our partners at Nature Conservation regard whale strandings as a Natural phenomenon, albeit sad and unpleasant.

"Given their isolation and subsequent low risk we will continue to monitor the natural process, and are meeting with the environmental health officer from the West Coast Council in regard to the situation", he said.