Reining in feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park

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This Frontier Economics report was commissioned by the Invasive Species Council and applies an economic lens to the impacts of growing numbers of feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park.

The report finds the failure to reduce feral horse numbers in Kosciuszko National Park is costing the NSW economy up to $50 million a year.

It analyses the potential economic benefits a reduction in feral horse numbers would have on the NSW economy, finding:

  • Benefits of up to $20 million a year from improved recreation and use of Kosciuszko National Park such as camping, hiking and mountain biking.
  • Improvements to water quality and riparian environments worth up to $28 million a year.
  • A saving of up to $2 million a year from a reduction in horse-related vehicle crashes.

The report was undertaken by Frontier Economics pro bono for the Invasive Species Council.

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