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Muogamarra Nature Reserve

What we're doing

Park management activities

Muogamarra Nature Reserve has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Preserving biodiversity

Muogamarra Nature Reserve part of a system of national parks and nature reserves which ajoins the lower Hawkesbury River. This reserve protects the catchments of a number of streams which flow into Berowra Creek and the lower Hawkesbury River. As far as possible the natural abundance, structure and diversity of all native plant and animals species and communities will be conserved through ongoing management initiatives of NPWS.

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Muogamarra Nature Reserve has high cultural and biodiversity values. Pests and weeds can have an impact on these. Pest reduction takes place to manage species which threaten the values of this reserve, and ongoing risk assessment to idenitfy new and emerging weeds, plays an important part of the work NPWS does to protect it for the future.

Conservation program

Regional pest management strategies

Weeds and pest animals cause substantial damage to agriculture and our environment, so it’s essential we manage them in NSW national parks and reserves. Our regional pest management strategies aim to minimise the impact of pests on biodiversity in NSW.  We work hard to protect our parks and neighbours from pests and weeds, ensuring measurable results.

Historic heritage in our parks and reserves

There is evidence of post-European settlement in Muogamarra Nature Reserve dating as far back as 1789. Muogamarra still contains a number of sites and structures associated with these early European uses of the reserve, including the foundations of buildings at Peats Bight; dry stone walls, earthenware pipes and flagstones along the Peats Bight trail; holes which supported the fence and tent school on the rock platform; and engravings dating from the nineteenth century. Conservation and interpretation initiatives will be prepared and implemented to ensure the ongoing preservation of historic heritage within this reserve.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

The Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation recognises Berowra as the boundary between the two groups, with the Darug people to the west (Marramarra National Park and Maroota Historic Site) and the Ku-ring-gai people to the east of the creek (Muogamarra Nature Reserve). Aboriginal sites within Muogamarra will be preserved and managed in partnership with Aboriginal people, and any work undertaken within the park will be modified as necessary to preserve and avoid impact on cultural sites.

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.

Conservation program

Planning for fire

Bushfires are inevitable across fire-prone vegetation types within NSW national parks. NPWS prepares for wildfires by working with other fire agencies, reserve neighbours and the community to ensure protection of life, property and biodiversity. Every park has its own fire management strategy, devised in consultation with partner fire authorities and the community to plan and prioritise fire management.

Contact

  • in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Muogamarra Nature Reserve is open to the public from 9am to 4.30pm for 6 weekends around August and September each year. The reserve is closed to the public at other times to protect sensitive natural and cultural heritage values.

  • Annual passes are not valid for entry to Muogamarra Nature Reserve.

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Lookout at Muogamarra Nature Reserve. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk