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This site will be updated while the new Department of Environment and Science and Sport and Recreation websites are being established.

Monitoring and managing potential impacts

The Government is committed to protecting ecological values in national parks. A detailed monitoring plan, oversighted by independent scientists, will ensure that any harmful impacts are readily identified and addressed. The program's scientific advisory committee has been appointed to review the monitoring program.

The department will adapt its management practices to address impacts where identified. Management plans will also be developed appropriate to areas and their particular ecological needs.

A number of on-site strategies have been employed to address sites affected by recreational impacts, including:

  • fencing critical habitats
  • hardening of track surfaces
  • improving drainage
  • establishing silt traps and other infrastructure
  • providing designated watering areas for horses
  • restricted use of trails
  • temporary closure of trails.

Horse Trails Scientific Monitoring Program

The Horse Trails Scientific Monitoring Program (PDF, 905K)* objective is to monitor horse riding on the South East Queensland Horse Riding Trail Network through South East Queensland protected areas and identify any impacts of such use and recommend management actions to address such impacts. The document outlines a plan to establish a monitoring and evaluation program to inform the program's scientific advisory committee about impacts of the horse trail network and its users on the State’s interests, including both environmental and social values.

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Last updated
8 July 2013