Tasmania's World Heritage forests are priceless, irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. They are home to endangered wildlife like the majestic Wedge-tailed eagle, glacial valleys, wild rivers, the tallest flowering plants on earth and sacred Aboriginal Heritage sites. Before the recent extension to Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area was approved, some of these ancient forests were logged. Environment Tasmania is working to restore these logged areas back to pristine native forest.
Our World Heritage restoration project is focused on restoring seven recently logged coupes within the Styx, Picton and Florentine Valleys - each coup is located within areas of pristine tall eucalypt forests. The work starts by removing logging debris and moves on to planting new seeds or transplanting local seedlings, and follows up with weeding. It will take over 100 years for these forests to be fully restored, but slowly, ecological connectivity and biodiversity will be restored, providing habitat for rare and endangered native mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.
Environment Tasmania's World Heritage work is unique and one of the most significant forests restoration projects in Australia. It will make a big contribution to determining the best ways to restore logged areas back to thriving native forest.