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Refining the Definition of Wilderness

2018-09-09T05:29:05+00:00September 8th, 2018|

Offering a scholarly perspective on the definition of wilderness, this publication appraises the effectiveness of existing definitions and recommends a definition that focuses on experiential as well as ecological values.

  • Painted Cliffs, Maria Island National Park. Photo: Grant Dixon

National Parks Management

2017-08-21T07:13:34+00:00August 1st, 2017|

Poor planning and inappropriate development in Tasmania’s national parks and reserves is not restricted to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

  • Waterfall Valley, Cradle Mountain - Lk S Clair National Park. Photo: Gaant Dixon

Tourism & Park Planning

2020-07-31T04:40:39+00:00August 1st, 2017|

The Tasmanian Government's policy of 'unlocking our national parks' with minimal opportunity for public scrutiny of proposed developments is a a major threat to the integrity of our parks and reserves.

  • Bushwalker above Lake Judd, Southwest National Park. Photo: Grant Dixon.

Recreation Management

2020-08-19T02:01:21+00:00August 1st, 2017|

Tasmania is one on the most highly regarded bushwalking areas in Australia and there is a long history of attempts to achieve the sustainable management of walking tracks and their use by walkers.

  • Western Arthur Range in the Southwest National Park. Photo: Geoff Dixon


2020-01-14T22:11:54+00:00August 1st, 2017|

The protection of wild character and managing the opportunity for visitors to experience wilderness underpins a great deal of our work.

Three Capes Track

2017-08-21T07:19:51+00:00August 1st, 2017|

This was the largest single development ever constructed within a national park in Tasmania. The style of development, planning process, environmental impact and the scale of construction all left much to be desired.

  • Leatherwood. Photo: Grant Dixon

Other parks’ management issues

2020-01-26T03:11:36+00:00July 7th, 2017|

Conservation reserves total some 42% of the state's land area but many are not secure from various threats, and there are a wide range of other management and development issues of concern.

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