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Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve

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What we're doing

Park management activities

Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Understanding landscapes and geology

With a diverse range of geological and landscape value, Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve keeps the development of infrastructure and maintenance programs as a priority to protect the karst environment while meeting visitor needs.

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Jenolan environmental monitoring program

The Jenolan environmental monitoring program, created in 2008, uses special sensory equipment to measure tiny variations in air and water quality at different sites around the karst environment of Jenolan Caves. While still allowing visitors to explore the caves, this allows scientists to protect geodiversity, ensuring conditions stay stable for future generations.

Preserving biodiversity

The conservation of significant animal and plant species, along with their ecological communities, are a priority of Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. As biodiversity is prized in the area, management programs are in place to keep the negative impacts on threatened species and their habitats to a minimum, and to restore them as needed.

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Brush-tailed rock-wallaby conservation project

The brush-tailed rock-wallaby may be an iconic species to many Australians, but in NSW it is also endangered. Saving our Species, a conservation project, aims to reverse the decline in population numbers by reducing pests and reintroducing captive-born animals to suitable habitats.

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Pest reduction of introduced species, such as wild dogs and foxes, as well as risk assessment for new and emerging weeds, is an important part of the work NPWS does to protect the biodiversity integrity of this conservation reserve.

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Wild dog control program

Wild dogs can have significant impacts on other animals and are regarded as pests. Our wild dog control program operates in many NSW national parks and reserves. When carrying out wild dog pest control, we aim to minimise the impact that they have on livestock and domestic pets, while maintaining dingo conservation in key areas.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve has an ongoing consultative relationship with Pejar Local Aboriginal Land Council, the Gundungurra and Wiradjuri Aboriginal People, along with other relevant Aboriginal community organisations and custodial families in the management of their Country, preferred management options for known Aboriginal sites and documenting their cultural heritage value. Park management includes the identifying areas of the reserve requiring further archaeological investigation and determining priorities for investigation in Jenolan.

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

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Vegetation, fire and climate change in Greater Blue Mountains Area

With its fire-prone dry sclerophyll forest, the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains Area is one of the most flammable environments on earth. Because of this, for management purposes, the area now has one of the most comprehensive fire regime analyses in the world.


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