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Women rangers support the recovery of Jundee

[July 2014]

The women of Wiluna have been engaged for the past year and half in a project to provide environmental services that will support the recovery of the Jundee pastoral lease.

The project is being run by Central Desert Native Title Services (CDNTS) with support from Rangelands NRM, on Jundee which is now owned by mining company Northern Star, having recently been purchased from Newmont Asia Pacific.

CDNTS Female Ranger Coordinator Emma Drake said over the past decade, the total grazing pressure at Jundee has been significantly relieved and the landscape is in various stages of recovery.

“Of note are the relatively intact inter-zonal sand-dune, drainage and mulga habitats,” Ms Drake said.

These areas have been surveyed by the Wiluna women for presence/absence of threatened species and feral predators.

The success of engaging the women of Wiluna in threatened species work is based on the strong knowledge of elders about the habitats and behaviour of certain desert fauna.

“The Wiluna women have well-developed tracking skills and take seriously their role as conduits of ecological information,” Ms Drake said.

Ms Drake said a wider plan is currently being developed for neighboring properties abutting Jundee based on the success of this project.

“Specifically, the work and research being carried out by Indigenous rangers at Lorna Glen ex pastoral lease and the Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area, is being linked to Jundee space through a multi-property threatened species monitoring plan,” she said.

This monitoring plan will see the women rangers providing a vital service in collecting information on populations of threatened species in three similar areas that are being managed using varying predator control methods.

For more information, contact Emma Drake at CDNTS (0408 541 120) or Chris Curnow at Rangelands NRM

Photo: Cassandra, Adena, Tina, Devina and Lena, women rangers working on country (Photo supplied by CDNTS)

 

Women rangers support the recovery of Jundee

[July 2014]

The women of Wiluna have been engaged for the past year and half in a project to provide environmental services that will support the recovery of the Jundee pastoral lease.

The project is being run by Central Desert Native Title Services (CDNTS) with support from Rangelands NRM, on Jundee which is now owned by mining company Northern Star, having recently been purchased from Newmont Asia Pacific.

CDNTS Female Ranger Coordinator Emma Drake said over the past decade, the total grazing pressure at Jundee has been significantly relieved and the landscape is in various stages of recovery.

“Of note are the relatively intact inter-zonal sand-dune, drainage and mulga habitats,” Ms Drake said.

These areas have been surveyed by the Wiluna women for presence/absence of threatened species and feral predators.

The success of engaging the women of Wiluna in threatened species work is based on the strong knowledge of elders about the habitats and behaviour of certain desert fauna.

“The Wiluna women have well-developed tracking skills and take seriously their role as conduits of ecological information,” Ms Drake said.

Ms Drake said a wider plan is currently being developed for neighboring properties abutting Jundee based on the success of this project.

“Specifically, the work and research being carried out by Indigenous rangers at Lorna Glen ex pastoral lease and the Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area, is being linked to Jundee space through a multi-property threatened species monitoring plan,” she said.

This monitoring plan will see the women rangers providing a vital service in collecting information on populations of threatened species in three similar areas that are being managed using varying predator control methods.

For more information, contact Emma Drake at CDNTS (0408 541 120) or Chris Curnow at Rangelands NRM

Photo: Cassandra, Adena, Tina, Devina and Lena, women rangers working on country (Photo supplied by CDNTS)