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New picnic facilities for Penny's Lagoon


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.

Celebrating World Ranger Day


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.

Southwest ecological burns important for orange-bellied parrot conservation


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

Lake Mackintosh and Sardine Creek fires update


The public should be aware of continued smoke impacts in Cradle Valley, Moina, Eriba, Tullah, Hampshire and Roseberry due to bushfires in the area. Parks and Wildlife Service incident controller, Geoff Coles, said yesterday the fire near Lake Mackintosh significantly increased in size, and the fire at Sardine Creek , also remains active though fire fighters are on the ground.

Mr Coles said it is difficult to predict where the worst smoke impacts will be, as variable winds are affecting both fires. A smoke haze blanketed many north-west locations last night and this morning, and people with respiratory problems are advised to stay indoors if adversely affected.

“After being closed yesterday evening, the Overland Track has reopened this morning, as our early morning reconnaissance flight determined the Track to be quite safe and under no immediate risk from fire.”

“PWS, TFS and Forestry Tasmania Crews have all worked really hard on the Sardine Creek fire over the weekend, and kept it from making a large run into high value wilderness areas.”

“The Lake Mackintosh fire has very difficult access, and is burning in very tall forest. We will continue to monitor this fire, however due to variable nature of the winds, residents in the Tullah area asked to make sure they have a fire plan in place.”

Wayatinah fire - Mt Field alpine area closure:

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that due to the potential threat to the alpine area of Mt Field National Park by the Wayatinah fire, the Lake Dobson Road that provides access to the alpine area of the park has been closed. Walkers are being re-located from that area this morning.

While the fire poses no immediate threat, there is the potential for it to spot into the park with worsening conditions tomorrow and Wednesday.

This closure affects only the alpine area of the park. The day use area around the visitor centre and the Russell Falls and Tall Trees tracks are open.