HORSE riders, bushwalkers, mountain bikers and community members gathered to celebrate the formal opening of 22km of Bicentennial National Trail known as Boardmans Run which has been re-routed in Kosciuszko National Park to take it off the main road.
It connects two new horse camps, Geehi and Tom Groggin, both of which have paddocks, barbecues, tables and water for horses.
Environment Minister Rob Stokes said an investment of $420,000 to re-route a section of trail will enhance visitor experiences and provide a spectacular all-season adventure in the Snowy Mountains.
"The 22 kilometre stretch between Tom Groggin and Geehi camp grounds now takes visitors through fern gullies and includes the most picturesque creek crossings," Mr Stokes said.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said re-routing this section of the trail had been a cooperative effort between the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, park users and the community.
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AS part of the Saving our Species program to save Southern Corroboree Frogs from extinction, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) released approximately 150 captive-bred eggs into a new field enclosure last week.
Last April, the OEH and collaborators released Southern Corroboree Frog eggs and adult frogs into the first-ever quarantined field enclosure of its kind in Kosciuszko National Park.
One year on, these adult and juvenile frogs are thriving and a second remote enclosure was populated last week.
OEH threatened species officer David Hunter said without intervention, Kosciuszko's only endemic vertebrate species would become extinct within a few years.
"Our surveys and monitoring suggest that fewer than 20 adult Corroboree Frogs remain in the wild, compared to hundreds of thousands in the 1980s," Dr Hunter said.