Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Expert report reveals bias in Horse Riding in Wilderness Trial

When the NPWS told us they had excluded horse riders who were acting inappropriately in declared wilderness from assessment under the horse riding in wilderness trial, the Colong Foundation for Wilderness suspecting a biased process. We then commissioned the NSW Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) to appoint an expert, Elizabeth Ashby of Keystone Ecological, to review the trial. You can read her final expert report here.

The review found a blurring of scientific aims with the delivery of the Government's political decision on horse riding in wilderness areas. From the design of the trial and environmental review that failed to adequately examine endangered ecological communities to its assessment of data, the trial failed to deliver meaningful answers. The overall trial conclusion that low usage by horse riders equals low impacts is just wrong due to the delay between use and the extent of environmental impact it causes.

Take Action, please object to the extension of horse riding in wilderness

The biased trial has become the basis for further proposed amendments to park management to allow an extension of horse riding in wilderness. The Colong Foundation prepared a submission guide on these amendments. Use this guide with the confidence that it is based on an expert review of this flawed trial undertaken to prop up Government policy. 

The deadline for submissions is next Monday, October 31.

Amendments are proposed to three plans of management that would allow horse riding in the wilderness areas of Kosciuszko, Deua (Far South Coast Escarpment) and Mummel Gulf National Parks. Copies of the three plan amendments are available here or go straight to the submission guide.