Tasmania's largest land manager, the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS), celebrates 40 years on 1 November 2011.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service commenced operations on 1 November 1971. Today, the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service manages over 40% of the State, including 19 national parks, three World Heritage properties, and hundreds of other reserves.
The State has, proportionately, more land set aside for people to enjoy the natural environment than almost any other place on Earth. These magnificent natural places today are a major drawcard for visitors from around the world.
A full history of land reservation in Tasmania, and the forerunners of today's Parks and Wildlife Service, is available at http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=9030Parks & Wildlife Service - Detailed History of the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service www.parks.tas.gov.auSuch prohibitions were largely utilitarian in nature, aimed to ensure that precious natural resources remained intact for subsequent exploitation by the struggling colony. Indeed, land reservation both in Tasmania and most other parts of the world has largely been based on protecting natural environ...Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service