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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.
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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.
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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

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced

23/06/2014

The Franklin River Nature Trail on the Lyell Highway, is in great shape following a program of track clearing and resurfacing by Parks and Wildlife Service staff and contractors.


Northwest Region ranger Ben Hill said the track, one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks, was popular with visitors.


“The walk receives between 1,000 to 2,500 visits each week, with greater numbers using the picnic grounds and toilet facilities,” Ben said.


“It’s a beautiful walk past the running rivers, with the lush greens of the rainforest interspersed with splashes of reds, yellow and blues of fungi on the forest floor.”


About half of the 1.2 km track was re-surfaced after staff removed years of accumulated moss and grass growth from the picnic grounds and a contractor removed several dangerous trees. Sixty tonnes of gravel was then spread and firmed up with a wacker packer. Regional staff involved included Ben Murphy, Gary Cole, James Mundy, Nathan Secombe and Adam Reading.


 

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced

The Franklin River Nature Trail before clearing works.

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced

...after new gravel has been laid.

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced

The picnic area grounds before works began.

Franklin River Nature Trail cleared and resurfaced

...after clearing and new gravel.