Rangers wrap up weed control program
A three-year invasive weed control program on Yindjibarndi country has wrapped up with great success for a widely lauded indigenous ranger team.
From 2012-15, the Ngurrawaana Rangers used chainsaws and chemical spraying to tackle parkinsonia on the Ieramugadu lease, where their home of Ngurrawaana is.
Last year the rangers were introduced to the latest CSIRO method of infecting parkinsonia with a fungus which would kill its roots and 99 per cent of seeds within a 50m radius of the tree.
With help from the Pilbara Messquite Management Committee, the team worked from Gregory’s Gorge on the Fortescue River up through Dogger’s Gorge and into the eastern side on Millstream Chi chester National Park.
It is estimated the team walked about 80km.
Ngurrawaana head ranger Kingsley Woodley said the tireless work carrying gear through heavy vegetation had been rewarding.
“At the end of 2016 it was a good feeling to know with the rangers we finished treating the parkinsonia on our lease,” he said.
Over the years the ranger program has operated on a small budget boosted by funds from Rangelands and State natural resource management groups, Pilbara Corridors and the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation.
YAC conservation manager Ostiane Massiani said the rangers’ attitude had been impressive.
“The rangers proved to be tenacious over the years for the terrain was difficult, crowded, very heavily vegetated with a lot of crawling under and over, hard walking through thick bush, fallen trees and across water,” she said.
Ms Massiani said the Ngurrawaana Rangers deserved a lot of respect for what they had achieved.
Members of the Ngurrawaana Rangers tackle a parkinsonia tree.