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Hartz Peak Track Closed

21/01/2019

PWS advises that the Hartz Peak Track in Hartz Mountains National Park has been closed until further notice due to increased fire risk.More

PWS Campfire restrictions extended statewide

21/01/2019

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is extending the current campfire restrictions statewide until further notice.More

PWS Fire update

20/01/2019

There are many fires currently burning in national parks and reserves in Tasmania, including the Southwest National Park and Southwest Conservation Area.More

Maria Island National Park

Macropod Management

From the late 1960s a number of native animals were introduced to Maria Island to enhance the nature reserve experience  for visitors. The resident populations of Tasmanian pademelons and Bennett’s wallabies were increased and Forester kangaroos suffering habitat loss on the Tasmanian mainland were relocated to the island as a conservation measure.  All adapted well to their new environment. Managing the macropod populations on Maria Island is a challenge as they have no natural predators and their populations increase significantly when pasture is plentiful.

The Parks and Wildlife Service's objective in managing the macropod populations on Maria Island is to conserve the island’s natural systems and biodiversity while also ensuring a viable, healthy animal population. 

This is based on scientific monitoring of three main indicators: the condition of the island’s pastures; the population and health of the three macropod species (Forester kangaroos, Bennett’s wallaby and Tasmanian pademelon); current and predicted rainfall and therefore available food; and the predicted rate of population increase.

Further information is available in these documents:

 

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