Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- in the Sydney and surrounds region
This reserve is open every day from 7am to 7pm. Check the Jenolan Caves website for information about guided tours, restaurants and events.
1300 76 33 11 or 02 6359 3911 within Australia
+61 2 6359 3911 International
- 4655 Jenolan Caves Road, Jenolan Caves NSW 2790
- Jenolan Caves
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Valuable conservation work is being done in our national parks through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to care for Australia’s native plants, animals and cultural heritage.