Snowdrop Rock Art Maintenance

 

As the ranger team had put out a fire just east of Snowdrop it was decided we would check a very prominent art area. A couple of our elders where keen to revisit their country so this provided us with a unique opportunity to maintain, re connect and assess what was saved from supressing the wildfire.

It was a story of the good, bad and ugly as some sites had been adversely effected from feral animals, some by fire, some had large fuel loads which would have been scored by the wildfire. Some sites were still in immaculate condition and breathtaking. Maintenance work included scraping away wasp nest, raking leaf litter and pruning vegetation.

Camping with elders at reasonable size gorge resulting the fishing of 36 turtles and it was concluded that the old artists of the area were as happy with our work as we were with theirs.

Wildfire season

The wildfire season has kicked off for the Jawoyn Rangers with the first battle just east of the top of Snowdrop Creek on the Arnhem Plateau. A small group of rangers with the assistance of a helicopter were able to get around it within a week. As it was early in the firefighting season weather and grass fuel was a little forgiving.

As part of firefighting preparations Jawoyn rangers had some practical training with a professional fireman from Darwin. The terrain and techniques were different from the CBD, but ideas of safety concerns and team structure were put to practical test on a fire just north of Beswick at Dook Creek.

This year we had a mid-season planning season where with the help of fine scale GIS data the team identified high risk areas and potential fire outbreaks that we would immediately respond too. This was immediately put to the test at Snowdrop creek.