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Join us for the Power of Parks forum at Launceston

22/07/2016

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) in partnership with the University of Tasmania is exploring The Power of Parks through a series of UTAS public forums celebrating the benefits that parks and reserves provide to Tasmania's overall identify.More

Shipwreck identified as the Viola

19/07/2016

Timber samples from a ship wrecked on Tasmania's East Coast nearly 160 years ago have been identified as the Canadian-built brig Viola.More

Prosecution for Stanley penguin deaths

15/07/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and the Circular Head Council have conducted a joint investigation after 18 little penguins were found dead near a rookery in Stanley on the State's North-West coast last week.More

Bushfire Management & Planned Burns

The Parks and Wildlife Service is responsible for the management of bushfires on all reserved land in Tasmania.

This management includes:

  • control of unplanned bushfires;
  • planned burning to reduce fuel loads and make fire control easier and safer;
  • planned burning to help maintain biodiversity, promote regeneration of plants that depend on fire and to maintain suitable habitat for animals;
  • maintaining assets that assist with bushfire control, for example, fire trails, firebreaks and waterholes.

For up-to-date details on the planned burning program this season see the planned burning page. See also the role of the Parks and Wildlife Service in fire management.

National Bushfire Management

A National Bushfire Management Policy Statement for Forests and Rangelands was released in June 2014. The new policy is about coordinating the sustainable management of fire across the Australian landscape. The policy statement is available here.

Bushfire information

The Tasmania Fire Service has information on bushfires and permit fires at www.fire.tas.gov.au/mysite/Show?pageId=colCurrentBushfires. This information service includes bushfires and permit fires on land managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

For information on reserve, track or campsite closures please refer to our web pages on track, campsite and reserve closures. Further information and the latest updates can be obtained from Rangers. See our Office Contacts for details of how to get in touch.

Fire Ecology and Management

Fire plays a major role in the ecology of the Tasmanian natural environment. Fire can be a vital force in maintaining healthy bush. But in the wrong place at the wrong time, it can also lead to the destruction of unique vegetation communities, human life and property. Find out more about the role fire plays in ecology.