Fire is perhaps the greatest challenge for the management of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), particularly in the context of a changing climate. With the September 2020 release by the Parks and Wildlife Service of a range of discussion papers for public comment, we are pleased to see belated progress towards the development of a Fire Management Plan for the TWWHA, as recommended by the 2016 report by Tony Press (Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Bushfire and Climate Change Research Project) and prescribed by the 2016 TWWHA Management Plan. In our submission, we comment on these fire issue discussion papers.

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Alpine terrain in Denison Range, burnt in 2019 wildfire. Photo: Dan Broun

The Tasmanian National Parks Association offers an independent voice for Tasmania’s national parks and reserves, to ensure they are managed for the conservation of the values for which they were proclaimed.