Guy Fawkes River National Park: horse management plan
Guy Fawkes River National Park is an area of spectacular rugged river gorges and valleys in north-east NSW. A 'biodiversity hotspot', the park contains:
- 28 threatened plant species
- 24 threatened animal species
- over 40 different vegetation communities, including significant areas of old-growth forest.
In December 2004, this committee was replaced by a Horse Reference Group, an expert panel set up to assist in reviewing the planning and implementation of the horse capture and removal program. The GFRNP Horse Reference Group includes representatives from the RSPCA, the National Parks Association, horse interest groups, local landholders, the NPW Regional Advisory Committee and researchers.
The draft horse management plan drew on the knowledge, experience and skills of the local community-based steering committee to develop methods and techniques for the humane capture and removal of horses. These have since been refined in light of the trial capture program undertaken in the park during 2004-05. All comments received during the exhibition of the draft plan were also taken into account in the finalisation of the horse management plan. This horse management plan seeks an outcome where the park is managed free of horses and the local heritage significance of the horses is conserved by others through their management outside the park.
Documents to download
- Guy Fawkes River National Park Horse Management Plan (PDF - 1.4MB)
Page last updated: 19 June 2012