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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

Campfire restrictions in national parks and reserves

19/01/2016

The Parks and Wildlife Service has banned campfires at high risk campgrounds in reserves across the State until further notice.  Gas stoves will be permitted. 


Parks and Wildlife Service State Fire manager Paul Black said our priority is community and visitor safety and preventing new fires from starting from abandoned, escaped or poorly constructed campfires is part of the community and visitor safety strategy.


In the current dry conditions campfires can easily escape, spread rapidly and threaten those in campgrounds or nearby communities.


Tasmania is experiencing an extremely dry and warm period with little relief in the short term.  This means that fires can start and spread more easily than normal.  With the current situation of more than 30 going fires across the State, it is prudent to prevent as many new fires as possible. 


Parks and Wildlife are working with the Tasmanian Fire Service and Forestry Tasmania on a cooperative response to the going fires around the state so that fire fighting resources can most effectively work on the current threat if there are no new fires. 


The Parks and Wildlife Service is also urging bushwalkers and those travelling in remote areas to stay aware of the current situation and take responsibility for their personal safety.  We request that people strongly consider their trip intentions and not walk in remote areas where there is or has been recent fire activity. 


Parks request that those people intending to go bushwalking lodge their trip intention in log books at track heads and visitor centres and to talk to local parks staff for the latest information.


Locations that campfires are banned at are listed on the Parks website under the “Track and Reserve Closures” section. 


Walkers can check the PWS website www.parks.tas.gov.au ‘track closures’ section and the PWS Facebook page, as well as the TFS www.fire.tas.gov.au for up to date information on tracks, parks and reserves affected by fire.  Road closures are listed on the Tas Alert website: http://www.alert.tas.gov.au