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Warlu Jilajaa Jumu IPA and Yanunijarra Ngurrara Rangers

Warlu Jilajaa Jumu Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) was dedicated in 2007 and covers over 1.6 million hectares of arid scrub and desert wetlands in the north-west of Western Australia’s Great Sandy Desert. The IPA is cared for by its Traditional Owners, the Ngurrara people. It is named after warlu - the fire they use to keep the land healthy, jila - permanent waterholes or ‘living water’ and jumu - seasonal soaks.

The Yanunijarra Ngurrara Rangers are based at the community of Djugerari in the southern Kimberley region, which includes part of the Canning Stock Route. They are instructed by Traditional Owners to protect heritage through knowledge transfer, and to actively protect culturally important sites by managing visitors, waterholes, feral animals and fire. Following identification of fire management sites through community-based planning, the ranger team conducts annual burns.

A number of Yanunijarra Ngurrara Rangers undertake training in conservation and land management, relevant occupational health and safety training, conduct biodiversity surveys and record species abundance across representative habitat types within Ngurrara country. The rangers also undertake weed surveys to inform control plans and management of weeds in the region.

WA - Kimberley region
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Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC
Yanunijarra Ngurrara Rangers. Photo: © Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation
Yanunijarra Ngurrara Rangers. Photo: © Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation