Keeping Martu country healthy with waru (fire)
The cold months have seen a concentrated effort by rangers on waru (fire) across Martu country. Major efforts were put in around the warru (black flanked rock wallaby) colonies at Pinpi and Kaalpi from both the air and the ground. Working with Leigh from Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the Jigalong rangers put in a big effort to burn along the tracksides. The rangers followed this up with aerial burning to continue to improve the mosaic in the region.
The Jigalong team worked on a new project along the pastoral interface in the west of the determination. There have been concerns that fire could burn from the desert into the neighbouring pastoral properties. By carefully burning close to the boundary this risk is being reduced. The Jigalong rangers made good use of the time in the helicopter and found several interesting places to go back to and look after while doing the work. This project is being supported through Rangelands NRM.
The big effort put in by all the ranger teams has seen the waru program cover more of Martu country than ever before. By moving across country and carefully burning, rangers are looking after Martu country the right way. In the next few months there will be planning sessions with all the communities to make sure this work is done the right way next year.