How is a National Park environment different from a paddock?

by Catherine Russell, over 3 years ago
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Dr Linda Broome, a wildlife ecologist, shares her point of view why managing threats and impacts to our National Parks is so important.

National Parks are public assets that are protected under legislation. The Snowy Mountains are home to animals and plants that occur nowhere else on earth.



walkin free over 3 years ago
Perhaps all those who seem to think that horses don't damage the environment should actually go out there and see it. From this naivety I can only assume that they haven't. If you go up to the head waters of the snowy River the damage to the river is very obvious. It does look reminiscent of a paddock in a lot of places, dung everywhere and the waters edge looking boggy and torn up. Another statement that horses in effect don't walk on the same tracks is factually wrong as well, horses are the same as other livestock and do track on the same tracks to get to other areas or to water sources, chopping the ground up. All Over the high country where the horses are you can see on the ground the damage that hooves have done. The high Country isn't meant to look like a paddock which is where the Australian horses really belong. Your talk of heritage is misguided as the heritage you talk of is but a blink of an eye in this countries inhabited life. Like rabbits horses need to be permanently removed from the BushTerry
S.Smith over 3 years ago
Dear Dr Broome and all concerned,Wild Horses across the world go back many generations whether 'put there' or evolving in their environment it is not an issue. The issue is why remove them when many studies show they are not detrimental. (though these studies you all avoid advertising to the public and recognising yourselves).The environment evolves around changes and adapts to all that is thrown at it from nature and the animal kingdom. The horse is not destructive to the environment. Our diversity of terrain, climate and wildlife cope just fine without the introduction and interferance of human ignorance to the environment. The greatest betrayal of our heritage country are Tourists, 4 wheel drivers, Dirt Bike riders, Shooters, the lack of quality National Park management for clearing for fire control. The withdrawal of Cattlemen in the high country and now the determination to remove the Wild Horses, The Brumby (not a feral animal) create issues. Parks does not actively clear the underbrush and feral weed species from the bush (hasn't done for as long as i've been around) as non native vegetation takes over the opportunity for massive wild fires continue to grow. When will Gvmnt truly understand the environment and manage not destroy.Cattle graze the underbrush (controling wildfire fuels) as do horses, they move around spreading natural grasses as do birds and other species in the wild(no different).They Muddy water holes (REALLY) you actually said that?Any species entering a water hole can 'muddy' it...leave prints at the edges....In fact unless a spring most water holes are muddy.The new season Spring flow off the mountains, or heavy down pour from a rain storm will flush the water hole and refresh it, a flood will carve out the gullies and create erosion, new cuttings, NOT THE BRUMBY. Nature cleans, nature replenishes and survives, unless humans remove, destroy, invade.Unlike your arena that has a hollowed track that you ride continually weaving (not a straight line) without dragging or riding elsewhere, the Wild Horse moves through it's environment, spelling naturally areas it has grazed, allowing regeneration a freshening of the wild pastures, grasses, water holes. They do not graze heavily destroying root systems, their hoof prints fade with the next storms rainfall.I see NO reason to remove wild horses from any of Australia's Parks, however I believe in a Management Plan that allows monitoring sustainable numbers in a 'humane' (No Aerial Culling or shooting) live removal manner, leaving the old Wild Horse bloodlines in the country that they have called home for generations, evolving perfectly into their environment and harming nothing.Steph Smith
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Catherine Russell over 3 years ago
Thanks Steph for your contribution. Could you share the links (if possible) to the studies that you mentioned?