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Sustainable Timber Tasmania and Parks and Wildlife Service announce road opening

21/05/2019

Florentine Road and Arve Road (to the Hartz Mountain junction) are officially reopened to the public.More

Easter safety is paramount for our parks and reserves

18/04/2019

The Parks and Wildlife Service encourages visitors and Tasmanians alike to get outdoors and get active - especially in our parks and reserves.More

Good news, Hartz Mountain National Park and other tracks are open!

17/04/2019

In time for Easter walking, PWS have been able to re-open a number of tracks.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 22 February 2019

22/02/2019

Preliminary impact assessment – the facts to date


To date, the fire area has affected around 94,000 ha (about 6%) of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and approximately 42,476 ha (about 3.4%) of other reserves managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.


Initial analysis suggests that about 80% the affected area within the TWWHA contains fire adapted vegetation, like buttongrass, native grassland, eucalypt forest, heathland and scrub. Some of these communities depend on fire for their ecological functioning, and we can see that buttongrass has already begun to reshoot in many places.


Less than 1% of extreme fire sensitivity vegetation communities occur within the current mapped fire boundary area. Examples include rainforest with king billy pine, alpine conifer communities, alpine deciduous beech communities and rainforest with deciduous beech.


We have confirmation that some pencil pines on the Denison Range have been impacted. This is the only impact to conifers known at present and equates to less than 0.01% of the mapped pencil pine extent across the state.


About 6% of very high fire sensitivity communities, including alpine and subalpine heathland (excluding conifers, rainforest, and mixed forest) are within current fire boundaries and about 5% of the mixed forest is within current fire boundaries.