Amendments are proposed to three national park plans of management that would allow horse riding in the wilderness areas of Kosciuszko, Deua (Far South Coast Escarpment) and Mummel Gulf. Copies of the proposed amendments are available here. Read an expert review of the flawed horse riding trial that supports these amendments.
THE CLOSING DATE FOR COMMENTS IS Monday 31 October, 2016.
Please make a submission using the guide below. The proposed amendments must be rejected, to protect our wilderness heritage and the park's natural values from the evironmental damage that recreational horse riding will bring.
You can adapt the guide letter in your own words. By making a submission you will help secure effective wilderness management in our National Parks.
Some extra points you could add to 'Your Comments' section field below the main message:
Scientific studies and observations confirm that horse riding causes significant soil loss and vegetation damage in natural areas. Being steel shod, horses hooves cause great damage to soil. Horses are not ruminant herbivores, their digestion spreads viable weed seeds through their faeces. Seeds are dispersed in high levels for the first four days after ingestion and for up to two weeks thereafter.
Wilderness horse riding will result in the release of more feral horses into national parks and more trail clearing. Clearing to form the Georges Pack Track has damaged the Woila Deua Wilderness where trees have been cut, scrub cleared and boulders marked with orange paint.
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Thanks for your support,
Keith Muir, Colong Foundation for Wilderness