Tag: National Parks

David Watson – The impact of wild horses on our national parks

In June 2017, ecologist David Watson resigned from the NSW Government’s Threatened Species Scientific Committee over the wild horse debate. He posted his letter of resignation on Twitter, where it quickly went viral. Historic icon, convenient resource or environmental vandal – brumbies are both revered and reviled in Australia. Scientists say that the animals are doing irreparable harm to Australia’s alpine region, brumby lovers say the animals are cultural icons. David says you can have horses and you can have protected areas. But you can´t have horses in a protected areas. Join the debate on our social channels! This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com). You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

Science & Environment

In the wild heart of Woomargama National Park

In addition to its extraordinary beauty, Woomargama National Park, situated in the South West Slopes region of southern NSW, is home to 25 endangered or vulnerable animal species. In a bid to preserve its unique biodiversity, the Foundation of National Parks and Wildlife have launched a new appeal to purchase of 229 hectares of available land on the edge of the park. To donate click HERE.

Adventure

GALLERY: Kangaroo Island’s Wilderness Trail

Kangaroo Island’s new Wilderness Trail is set to open October 1. The rugged five day 66km walk through Flinders Chase National Park hugs a coastal shoreline that’s brimming with native wildlife. Read more about the Wilderness Trail in AG#134, out now.

Destinations

GALLERY: Mount Field, Tasmania

Only an hour north-west of Hobart, Mount Field is an enduring favourite of outdoor enthusiasts, with its wallaby-tracked snow fields, lakes and tarns (lakes formed in remnant glacial cirques). In autumn, the deciduous fagus tree erupts into colour across the mountain. Read about Mount Field’s beautiful peaks and the conservation efforts to protect the 100-year-old national park in AG#132, out now.