Cedar Valley Cedar Valley   (Nakia Belmer)

"Both Australia wide and on our Blue Mountains, aspects of conservation especially wild life conservation are of paramount importance.

We must grasp the fact that the problem is not one of withstanding further depredations but of setting our eyes on winning back what in the immediate past has been ignored or lost."

Isobel Bowden, 1985

Conservation People

There are many Blue Mountains conservationists; here are a few -

Conservation Areas
by Ian Brown

The Blue Mountains area is very well endowed with conservation reserves, but not just because of historical luck. Yes, the landscape is rugged, with much of it unsuited to productive uses, and most reserves all over the world have been created in such places. But ever since the earliest Crown reserves over scenic spots and limestone caves (Wombeyan in 1865, then Jenolan), the protection of nature in the Blue Mountains has only happened because people cared, and then acted.

This work is not yet done. Important areas remain unprotected and vulnerable, while the existing conservation reserves and wildlife continue to be impacted by weeds, feral animals, climate change and other human activities.

Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area

Karen's GBMWHA Map Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area map
prepared by Karen McLaughlin
click the image to access a vector pdf version
Seven national parks and one karst conservation reserve make up the million-hectare Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. These are -

There are five declared wilderness areas which together amount to two-thirds of the million-hectare Greater Blue Mountains WHA. These are -

Other reserves in the region

Other parts of the surrounding region are also protected in various types of reserve. These include -

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