Map of the location of the various land tenures managed
by the Parks and Wildlife Service
Complete Listing of National Parks and Reserves under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 (as at 29 January 2013)
Areas in this list are grouped according to their statutory class: National Park, State Reserve, Nature Reserve, Game Reserve, Conservation Area, Nature Recreation Area, Regional Reserve, Historic Site, Private Nature Reserve or Private Sanctuary, in accordance with the Nature Conservation Act 2002.
Reserves are declared under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 that sets out the values and purposes of each reserve class and managed under the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002 according to management objectives for each class.
Together the Nature Conservation Act 2002 and the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002 replace the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1970.
In total, the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service manages nearly 800 reserves covering over 2.8 million hectares, or over 40% of the area of the State.
The Tasmanian Reserve Estate includes a further 135,400 hectares in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), of which Macquarie Island MPA is 81,946 hectares. There are a further 48,500 hectares under reserve in other areas of the marine and estuarine environments. In total 7.9% of Tasmania’s State coastal waters is reserved, however only 4.2% is in no-take areas and the majority of this is concentrated around subantarctic Macquarie Island. Only 1.1% of Tasmania’s immediate coastal waters are fully protected in no-take areas.
Details of those reserves within each reserve classification, including their size, IUCN category and earliest date of reservation are available online as a PDF [183 Kb].
The Parks and Wildlife Service also assists in the protection of private land that is declared as Private Nature Reserves, Private Sanctuaries and Areas Covenanted for Conservation in Perpetuity.
The total, the Tasmanian Reserve Estate as at at 30th June 2011 indicates a total reserved area of 3,248,100 hectares, including both PWS and Forestry Tasmania-managed reserved land, formal and informal reserves on public land, reserves on private land, and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
The terrestrial reserved area is 3,064,500 hectares, or 45.0%
of the area of Tasmania.