Our Latest News

New picnic facilities for Penny's Lagoon

08/08/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed the construction of a new picnic shelter at Penny's Lagoon within the Lavinia State Reserve on King Island.
More

Celebrating World Ranger Day

31/07/2018

The work of Tasmania's rangers is vital in the daily management of our 19 national parks and more than 800 reserves, encompassing approximately 50 per cent of the State.
More

Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation

22/03/2018

Planned ecological burns in Southwest National Park will help regenerate important habitat areas for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.More

Summary of Lake Johnston Nature Reserve - Site Development Plan 2001

The full version of the Lake Johnston Nature Reserve - Site Development Plan 2001 can be downloaded as a PDF File (5200 Kb)

Summary

The Lake Johnston Nature Reserve, just south of Rosebery in western Tasmania, is reserved because it contains rainforest communities of conservation significance, notably subalpine patches of Huon pine, believed to derive from trees present on the site for over 10 000 years. Because of its conservation significance, access is restricted to scientific or management personnel, licenced tour groups and approved special interest groups.

In accordance with the Lake Johnston Nature Reserve Management Plan 1999, a Site Development Plan has been prepared for construction of a boardwalk and viewing platform in the Controlled Visitor Access Zone of the reserve to enable controlled, limited licenced tour visits for the purpose of viewing and learning about the reserve's special values. The existing four wheel drive access track will be stabilised and a turnaround and parking area provided at an already disturbed site. The proposed facilities are to be precisely located to avoid disturbance to Huon pines and other significant reserve features. The Plan identifies options for siting of the boardwalk and provides an assessment of the environmental effects of the proposed development and the intended management response.

The Plan is intended to provide the basis for assessment and approval of the project by the Director of National Parks and Wildlife, in accordance with the requirements of the Management Plan, and by the West Coast Council under the West Coast Planning Scheme. The Plan has been submitted as a development application to the West Coast council.