Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management

Kosciuszko National Park, which encompasses 673,542 hectares, is the largest national park in New South Wales and one of the most complex conservation reserves in Australia.

Date
1 June 2006
Publisher
Department of Environment and Conservation NSW
Type
Publication, Plan of management
Status
Final
Cost
Free
Language
English
Tags
  • ISBN 1-74137-9369
  • ID DEC20060335
  • File PDF 3.3MB
  • Pages 348
  • Name kosciuszko-national-park-plan-of-management-060335.pdf

Kosciuszko National Park is part of the 1.6 million hectare chain of national parks and reserves across the Australian alps. The NSW Government is committed to working with the Victorian, ACT and Commonwealth governments to protect this area by cooperating in regional programs established through the Australian Alps Memorandum of Understanding.

The park contains the continent’s highest mountains, unique glacial landscapes, and unusual assemblages of plants and animals, a number of which are found nowhere else. The park encompasses significant water catchments, the principal seasonally snow-covered region in Australia and extensive tracts of forest and woodland.

Many people have a strong attachment to Kosciuszko National Park. Local Aboriginal communities have deep cultural connections and many non-Aboriginal people have links to the land associated with previous and present uses. The park has a rich Aboriginal and European history and in some cases, the mountains, their people and their exploits have become part of Australian folklore and helped shape our national identity.

The park is perhaps best known as a recreational destination and is one of the most popular national parks in NSW. While the recreational activities undertaken in the park include vehicle-based sightseeing, bushwalking, fishing, canoeing, cycling and caving, the seasonal presence of snow is the principal drawcard for many visitors.

In winter, the alpine resorts become the focus of visitor activities, though many people venture further afield to experience the expanses of undeveloped snow country.

This plan of management has been prepared to provide a framework of objectives, principles and policies to guide the long–term management of the broad range of values contained in the park. It contains a suite of actions to be undertaken by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and other organisations to protect and conserve the values of the park.

Amendments

These amendments should be read in conjunction with the Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management (2006)

Geotechnical and water management amendment to Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management (2010)

Amendment to increase volunteer ski patrol beds Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management (2010)

Amendments to Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management: Allow pilot of horse riding in wilderness (2014)

Amendments to Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management: To allow consideration of sustainable mountain biking opportunities (2014)

Proposed Horse Riding in Wilderness Amendments to Plans of Management for Far South Coast Escarpment Parks, Kosciuszko National Park and Mummel Gulf National Park and State Conservation Area (2016). Public exhibition for this document was from 16 September 2016 to 31 October 2016. Public consultation for this document has ended.

Implementation reports

These annual Implementation Reports are a requirement under Chapter 16 of the Kosciuszko National Park Plan of Management (2006) and chart the trends in condition of the park’s values and the progress of the plan’s implementation.

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