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The value of the Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area in both nature conservation and as a recreational resource for the city of Launceston is recognised in a draft plan of management released for public comment by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Tourism, Arts and the Environment Minister Paula Wriedt said input from the community into the draft plan is welcome.

"For many people the reserve is an important part of the identity of greater Launceston," Ms Wriedt said.

"The 440 hectare reserve is only four kilometres from the city centre, it includes part of the South Esk River gorge and shares a boundary with the popular Cataract Gorge.

"Trevallyn is a major recreational asset for Launceston with intense use by the local community in a range of recreational activities that include picnicking, walking, cycling and rock climbing.

"In addition, archery, water skiing and equestrian facilities are used to host State-level competitions."

Ms Wriedt said that although the reserve was originally set aside to meet Launceston's growing recreation needs, it is now being recognised for its important role in nature conservation.

"The reserve includes 26 threatened plant species, a remarkably high number for an urban reserve," she said.

"It also protects dry open grassy forest, providing an important refuge for fauna as there are few large patches of bushland left along the lower South Esk River.

"Trevallyn contains places of significance to the Aboriginal community. It also includes the underground tunnel that once supplied water as part of the historic Duck Reach hydro-electric scheme.

"As a major open space resource close to an expanding city, the reserve will be of increased social, economic and ecological importance in the future."

Ms Wriedt said the draft management plan recognises this by identifying management zones and other measures that protect ecologically sensitive areas.

"It includes strategies for supporting ecologically sustainable recreation, including high quality facilities in three main visitor service areas and a track network," she said.

"The plan encourages strong connections with reserve neighbours and the wider community to work closely with the PWS to improve and care for the reserve."

Copies of the draft plan are available at the Hobart and Prospect offices of the Parks and Wildlife Service in the Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment and also on the PWS website.

The period for comments closes on Friday, 6 October, 2006.