Aboriginal Rangers Working in Conservation in NSW

Aboriginal Rangers working in Conservation in NSW

Aboriginal rangers play a key part in conservation efforts.

They manage and implement conservation values across both Aboriginal owned and public lands.

Aboriginal rangers apply both traditional Aboriginal knowledge and Western land practices. Traditional knowledge includes fire practices, Aboriginal ecological knowledge, seasonal calendars, cultural species research and monitoring, environmental and cultural art, intergenerational knowledge transfer, traditional governance and land management structures. An example of some Aboriginal ranger groups working across NSW include:

Darrunda Wajaarr ranger in the smoke

Darrunda Wajaarr Rangers

The Darrunda Wajaarr Rangers work on Gumbaynggirr Country on the Mid North Coast of NSW. In 2019 they carried out extensive bush regeneration, weed management and pest management to boost the number of koalas. Much of the work took place on Aboriginal land in Mylestom, next to Bongil Bongil National Park. This area supports an important koala population. Rangers also undertook an extensive survey of koalas in the area along with one of their key partners, the Nature Conservation Trust.

Githabul rangers

Githabul Rangers

The Githabul Rangers natural resource management team is based in northern New South Wales, home to the most extensive area of subtropical rainforest in the world. They work in partnership with the Githabul community to protect and improve important natural and cultural sites across 110,000 hectares of Country using contemporary and traditional natural resource management knowledge.

Their work involves weed management, traditional fire management, and propagation and planting of native species. Some projects undertaken by the Rangers include:

  • Wallaby Creek Project – Removing a range of invasive species to help restore the remaining World Heritage-listed rain forest.
  • Tooloom Falls Project – Selected due to its importance to the local Githabul community and the invasive weed infestation of the riverbank.
Dreaming

Koalas and The Dreaming

Koalas in First Nations Art

Aboriginal Rangers Working in Conservation in NSW

Indigenous Protected Areas

Aboriginal content on these pages has been compiled and reviewed by the Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council and Flying Fish Blue.

The term ‘First Nations’ recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the sovereign people of this land. It recognises various language groups as separate and unique sovereign nations.

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