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Twenty Parks and Wildlife summer rangers are ready to promote Tasmania's unique wildlife and history as part of the Parks and Wildlife Service's Summer Ranger program.

The Minister for Tourism, Parks and Heritage, Ken Bacon said today the award-winning Summer Ranger Program has been helping Tasmanians and visitors connect with Tasmania's natural and cultural heritage for more than 25 years.

"This program continues to build on its strengths, which was proven last year when about 70,000 people participated in activities," Mr Bacon said.

In a continuing alliance with the TT Line, a summer ranger will travel on the Spirit of Tasmania III between Sydney and Devonport during the peak summer holiday period, answering questions and providing activities such as slide shows and quiz nights.

Another cooperative arrangement with the Hobart and Glenorchy city councils and the Wellington Trust will see a range of activities in the Hobart area focussing on the bush, the mountain and the beach.

Mr Bacon said the summer rangers play an invaluable role during the peak visitation season by providing a range of enjoyable activities for all ages as well as information on bush safety and our unique natural and cultural heritage.

"These activities are held daily (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) at Cradle Mountain, Mt Field and Freycinet and most days at Lake St Clair, Tasman, Narawntapu, Maria Island, Launceston, Bruny Island, Mt Wellington and other reserves," he said.

"The summer rangers recently completed an intensive eight-day training program in preparation for their role in national parks around the State.

"These staff come from a variety of backgrounds and have a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the natural and cultural heritage values of the State which they will share with visitors.

"This year's program also highlights Aboriginal culture with activities such as traditional Aboriginal basket weaving and bush tucker walks. The activities have been developed with the assistance of the Aboriginal community."

A full colour publication, Wild Times in national parks, contains details of the Summer Ranger program.

It will be inserted in the Mercury, Examiner and the Advocate newspapers this week. Additional copies can be obtained from Parks visitor centres.

This initiative is part of the State Government's commitment to progressing Tasmania Together Goals 21 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.

Summer rangers ready to promote Tasmania

Ken Bacon with the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre volunteers at the launch of the Summer Ranger Program.