Protecting the Snowies

While the initial stage of consultation on developing a wild horse management plan for Kosciuszko National Park is now closed, the materials and conversation remain online for you to review. Extensive community and stakeholder engagement, advice from the Independent Technical Reference Group, assessment of the heritage and social significance of wild horses in the park, and review of past wild horse management programs all helped shape the draft plan which is currently on public exhibition until 19 August 2016. To have your say on the draft plan go to Kosciuszko National Park Draft Wild Horse Management Plan – public consultation.

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While the initial stage of consultation on developing a wild horse management plan for Kosciuszko National Park is now closed, the materials and conversation remain online for you to review. Extensive community and stakeholder engagement, advice from the Independent Technical Reference Group, assessment of the heritage and social significance of wild horses in the park, and review of past wild horse management programs all helped shape the draft plan which is currently on public exhibition until 19 August 2016. To have your say on the draft plan go to Kosciuszko National Park Draft Wild Horse Management Plan – public consultation.

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  • Over the course of the consultation we have heard from a wide range of people on the management of wild horses in the Snowy Mountains including rangers, ecologist, people rehoming brumbies, the RSPCA, local helicopter pilot, documentary maker, a bushwalker, mountain horsemen and women, to acknowledge a few. In this our final forum for the online consultation we ask: Who do you most identify or agree with when it comes to the protection of the park and wild horse management?Watch the full 34 videos on the Protecting the Snowies playlist.
    Over the course of the consultation we have heard from a wide range of people on the management of wild horses in the Snowy Mountains including rangers, ecologist, people rehoming brumbies, the RSPCA, local helicopter pilot, documentary maker, a bushwalker, mountain horsemen and women, to acknowledge a few. In this our final forum for the online consultation we ask: Who do you most identify or agree with when it comes to the protection of the park and wild horse management?Watch the full 34 videos on the Protecting the Snowies playlist.
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    .  The safety of NPWS staff and others involved in the activity

    .  The cost of the undertaking the control method

    .  How humane the control method is

    .  The effectiveness of the method to control population numbers


    .  The safety of NPWS staff and others involved in the activity

    .  The cost of the undertaking the control method

    .  How humane the control method is

    .  The effectiveness of the method to control population numbers


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  • Why do we need to have National Parks?

    by Catherine Russell, over 2 years ago
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    In your own words what is the purpose of a National Park? And do we need them today? 


    In your own words what is the purpose of a National Park? And do we need them today? 


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    Over the past five months a number of additional things have been put forward for NPWS to consider as part of the review of the plan. Do you have any additional things you would like to see reflected or addressed in the new plan? 


    Over the past five months a number of additional things have been put forward for NPWS to consider as part of the review of the plan. Do you have any additional things you would like to see reflected or addressed in the new plan? 


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    Where do you sit on a sliding scale from 0 to 10, with 0 being (this control method) is completely UNACCEPTABLE for wild horses in KNP and 10 being (this control method) is completely ACCEPTABLE for wild horses in KNP? 

    Methods that could be considered to manage the wild horse population include: 

    • Trapping and removal then rehoming or transport to abattoir
    • Trapping and euthanasia at trap site where horses can’t be rehomed or transported
    • Aerial or ground mustering
    • Fertility control
    • Ground shooting
    • Brumby running or roping
    • Fencing
    • Aerial shooting
    • Do nothing... Continue reading

    Where do you sit on a sliding scale from 0 to 10, with 0 being (this control method) is completely UNACCEPTABLE for wild horses in KNP and 10 being (this control method) is completely ACCEPTABLE for wild horses in KNP? 

    Methods that could be considered to manage the wild horse population include: 

    • Trapping and removal then rehoming or transport to abattoir
    • Trapping and euthanasia at trap site where horses can’t be rehomed or transported
    • Aerial or ground mustering
    • Fertility control
    • Ground shooting
    • Brumby running or roping
    • Fencing
    • Aerial shooting
    • Do nothing option 


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    Wild horse management is a complex and sensitive issue. When you talk about it in your community what is the one thing you want people to understand? 


    Wild horse management is a complex and sensitive issue. When you talk about it in your community what is the one thing you want people to understand? 


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    Wild horse management in National Parks attracts a broad spectrum of views. Here are four perspectives – what resonates with you? What stands out? What challenges your views? 

    Listen to Leisa Caldwell, Madison from the Hunter Valley Brumby Association, David Chief Inspector of NSW RSPCA, Mick from NPWS, Rob from the Nature Conservation Council of NSW. 

    This series of video presentations were made at the November 21st Century Townhall, an innovative consultation approach that draws together 150 people including stakeholders and the general public to examine the Wild Horse Management Plan and to... Continue reading

    Wild horse management in National Parks attracts a broad spectrum of views. Here are four perspectives – what resonates with you? What stands out? What challenges your views? 

    Listen to Leisa Caldwell, Madison from the Hunter Valley Brumby Association, David Chief Inspector of NSW RSPCA, Mick from NPWS, Rob from the Nature Conservation Council of NSW. 

    This series of video presentations were made at the November 21st Century Townhall, an innovative consultation approach that draws together 150 people including stakeholders and the general public to examine the Wild Horse Management Plan and to provide input that will help redraft the approach to wild horse management Kosciusko National Park.

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    This inforgraphic outlines how the wild horse population has grown and spread throughout Kosciusko National Park in the past ten years, seeing wild horses entering areas of the park where previously they had never inhabited.  

    Are there locations that should be kept free of wild horses, where are these places and why should we keep them free of wild horses? 

    THIS TOPIC WILL REMAIN OPEN TILL 12 DECEMBER


    This inforgraphic outlines how the wild horse population has grown and spread throughout Kosciusko National Park in the past ten years, seeing wild horses entering areas of the park where previously they had never inhabited.  

    Are there locations that should be kept free of wild horses, where are these places and why should we keep them free of wild horses? 

    THIS TOPIC WILL REMAIN OPEN TILL 12 DECEMBER


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    Should we stop all attempts to control the wild horse population? And if we do opt to do nothing, what could happen? 

    THIS TOPIC WILL REMAIN OPEN TILL 12 DECEMBER




    Should we stop all attempts to control the wild horse population? And if we do opt to do nothing, what could happen? 

    THIS TOPIC WILL REMAIN OPEN TILL 12 DECEMBER




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    A historical approach to controlling wild horses in the Snowy Mountains was roping and brumby running – where by wild horses are pursued on horseback and caught via roping. The practice is currently illegal in NSW national parks as it is was regarded to be high risk to both horses and riders and inhumane.What are your views about Is this as a legitimate control method?

    THIS TOPIC WILL REMAIN OPEN TILL 12 DECEMBER 




    A historical approach to controlling wild horses in the Snowy Mountains was roping and brumby running – where by wild horses are pursued on horseback and caught via roping. The practice is currently illegal in NSW national parks as it is was regarded to be high risk to both horses and riders and inhumane.What are your views about Is this as a legitimate control method?

    THIS TOPIC WILL REMAIN OPEN TILL 12 DECEMBER 




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