The Jawoyn Rangers, Researchers and Park Rangers collaborated together in Litchfield National Park this week as part of a two-decades-long project to study the effects of various fire regimes on flora and fauna in the Northern Territory. The study is the longest running savanna monitoring project in Australia.
This program has helped build a picture of the impact of fire on the tropical savanna landscapes by investigating the three major savanna conservation reserves of the Top End (Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Litchfield) at a series of more than 200 permanent sites for the past 20 years. Every five years the sites of each park have been re-visited to collect data on flora and fauna.
The rangers were congratulated on their fine participation on this complex and important research on the effects of fire burning patterns in important cultural and ecological areas of the Top End.
Rangers have been targeting problem weeds within the Jawoyn Estate since the beginning of the year. The areas that have been targeted are the areas that are accessible. Thankfully on the whole the Jawoyn estate is relatively heathy compared to most of our neighbours. Areas and weeds include;
- Barnjarn Free Hold- Gamba and Rubber bush
- Catfish Dreaming Jawoyn Land trust- neem, mahogany, rubber bush, chinee apple
- Barnatjarl Freehold- sesame, hyptis
- Manyallaluk Land Trust- Gamba
- Beswick Land Trust- gamba and Bellyache bush.
The wet season is a time of planning, training and weeding and Jawoyn Rangers have been busy with all of that. So far the rangers have competed units in Fire arm license, correct 4WD procedures, basic vehicle maintenance, chainsaw operation, small engine maintenance, applying chemicals with remote firefighting to come. 3 rangers are undertaking their Cert 3 and 1 senior ranger in Cert 4 in Conservation and Land Management. 2 rangers had a technical workshop in Raindance machine maintenance and another is lined up for solar systems implementation and maintenance.