Protecting the Snowies

The Snowy Mountains contain some of Australia’s most beautiful and unique natural landscapes, plants and animals. Each year, Kosciuszko National Park provides thousands of visitors from across Australia – and the world – with experiences that are not available anywhere else.

Maintaining the balance between protecting the park and facilitating recreation is a complex task. The park faces many threats, including pressures from introduced animals and plants that can damage the delicate alpine and sub alpine ecosystems.

Call for nominations – Kosciuszko National Park Wild Horse Community Advisory Panel and Wild Horse Scientific Advisory Panel

Applications are now open for membership of the Wild Horse Community Advisory Panel and Wild Horse Scientific Advisory Panel. The panels will play an important role in providing advice on future management of wild horses and development of a wild horse heritage management plan under the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018.

For further information on these two panels and how to apply, please go to the Advisory Committees webpage.

Wild horse management

Thousands of wild horses range across Kosciuszko National Park. The wild horses represent a link to our pioneering and pastoral heritage and are valued by members of the community. However, there is clear evidence that the current wild horse population is damaging the park's fragile alpine and sub-alpine environment. If the population is not carefully managed we risk unacceptable impacts to the environmental values of the park.

Finding a balance between protecting the heritage values of the wild horses and the environmental values of the park is challenging but not impossible.

The NSW Government has passed legislation that recognises and protects the wild horse heritage values in Kosciuszko National Park, while enabling active management to reduce their impact on its fragile alpine environment.

A wild horse heritage plan of management will be developed to identify the wild horses' heritage values, specify how they will be managed, and identify zones where sustainable populations will be retained. The plan will also identify how populations outside these zones will be controlled. A community advisory panel and a scientific advisory panel will provide input to the plan, and community comment will be sought on the specific actions proposed in the plan.

More updates on the new legislation, community engagement and future management of the wild horse population will be provided on this page when available.

Background information

Information on wild horse management research, engagement and planning undertaken to date is available. This work will inform development of the new wild horse heritage management plan.

Page last updated: 30 November 2018