Kosciuszko National Park

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Kosciuszko National Park

Environmental Impact: The National Parks and Wildlife Service, a division of the Office of Environment and Heritage, is responsible for the protection of the park’s native habitats, native fauna and flora, geological features and wildlife. This includes the minimisation of the impact of introduced species, including horses. Control of horses in the park began in the early 1970’s. By the late 1990s the environmental impacts from a growing horse population became increasingly obvious, with new tracks, damage to streams and riverbanks, trampling of bogs and damage to native vegetation. In 2003 a horse management plan was implemented.

Recreational uses:Thredbo, Selwyn snowfields, Perisher and Charlotte Pass ski resorts are all located within the national park. The Snowy Mountains are typically covered by metre-deep snow for up to four months of the year. The Australian Alps Walking Track is one of the walking paths crossing the area. Thousands of people make the walk to Mount Kosciuszko during summer. Swimming and kayaking in the rivers and lakes are popular in warm weather and rivers and dams are stocked with trout. Other recreational activities include whitewater rafting, trail riding, mountain biking, Yarrangobilly Caves, Cooleman Caves, Tin Mine Falls - Australia's highest waterfall.

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Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme:Many tunnels, dams, generators and other parts of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme system are located within Kosciuszko National Park.The Snowy Scheme was constructed 1949 to 1974 and is a hydroelectricity and irrigation complex. The complex consists of sixteen dams, seven power stations, a pumping station, and 225 kilometres of tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts. The Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme is the largest engineering project undertaken in Australia.


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