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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island

16/01/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track

05/01/2018

The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.More

Maria Island National Park

Macropod Management

From the late 1960s a number of native animals were introduced to Maria Island to enhance the nature reserve experience  for visitors. The resident populations of Tasmanian pademelons and Bennett’s wallabies were increased and Forester kangaroos suffering habitat loss on the Tasmanian mainland were relocated to the island as a conservation measure.  All adapted well to their new environment. Managing the macropod populations on Maria Island is a challenge as they have no natural predators and their populations increase significantly when pasture is plentiful.

The Parks and Wildlife Service's objective in managing the macropod populations on Maria Island is to conserve the island’s natural systems and biodiversity while also ensuring a viable, healthy animal population. 

This is based on scientific monitoring of three main indicators: the condition of the island’s pastures; the population and health of the three macropod species (Forester kangaroos, Bennett’s wallaby and Tasmanian pademelon); current and predicted rainfall and therefore available food; and the predicted rate of population increase.

Further information is available in these documents:

 

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