Threatened Species Link - Take a Closer Look Fri 7 September 2012 Brian Wightman Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage The Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister, Brian Wightman, today welcomed the launch of a new website to help Tasmanians protect threatened species. The Threatened Species Link site provides information and advice on how people can reduce their impact on natural habitat. "Today is Threatened Species Day. While we have a beautiful homeland with a rich natural environment, it's important to acknowledge the challenges in maintaining Tasmania's biodiversity," Mr Wightman said. "The Threatened Species Link website responds directly to the needs of local Council planners, developers and various industries in protecting our native animals and plants. "However, anyone can benefit from this site - including environmental consultants, and people who are simply interested in protecting these species. "As a state that's reputation is built on natural beauty and diversity, many Tasmanians will find this website very valuable and engaging," he said. 683 species are listed under Tasmania's Threatened Species Protection Act 1995, including 202 endangered and 115 vulnerable species. "These are complex but crucial issues for Tasmania's environment. It's important to have conservation management advice readily available to the community," Mr Wightman said. The Threatened Species Link website includes: • Lists all of Tasmania's threatened plants and animals - including a species summary about why each one is threatened, and which human activities can have the most impact on them. • A guide to help house-builders, stock grazers, and people cutting vegetation avoid causing harm to various species. • Links to other websites offering detailed conservation advice on activities like weed management, off-road driving, and other relevant regulators. Mr Wightman encouraged all Tasmanians to embrace the website's slogan 'Take a Closer Look'. It's a very practical way of learning how to make a positive difference by simply managing regular activities in a certain way. For more information, go to www.threatenedspecieslink.tas.gov.au.