Ranger on winter surveillance duty in the High Jura (Photo credits: RNNHCJ).
During the 1960s and 1970s the government thought that regulation was enough to preserve these natural areas, as with classified monuments. It is now clear that natural spaces continuously evolve, with conditions influencing various species; this is intensified by human intervention in traditional activities such as forestry or pastoral farming, both of which are well developed on the High Chain of the Jura.
The law (decree no 2005-491 of 18 May 2005) currently provides for the application of a “management plan” which must clarify conservation issues and goals, draw up the procedures and specify priorities. The schedule, originally planned to take 5 to 7 years, is now more likely to last 10, or even 12 years, taking natural events into account.
The National Natural Reserve of the High Jura established its first management plan for the period 2002-2006, extended to 2008, which enabled it to prepare an appraisal and revise it. The second management plan, currently under way, covers the period from 2009-2018.