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Indigenous rangers from the Ngurrawanna community teamed up with Yinjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, Rangelands Natural Resource Management (NRM) and the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) for a project that aimed to eliminate date palms at Millstream national park in the Pilbara region.
The date palm trees have a long history of plaguing Western Australia's national parks, preventing the growth of native plants such as silver paperbarks and red gums. Senior ranger at Millstream, Neil Brougham, says the Ngurrawanna rangers' work is vital to the preservation of the park. 'This is a very significant project, in terms of the on-ground management of weeds in the park, but it's also very significant that these guys are coming back here and working on country.'
The Ngurrawanna rangers visit the park three days each week and conduct surveys for the saplings on-foot. Kingsley has been working with the Ngurrawanna rangers for about 18 months, and says he enjoys the work. 'It's good and it's good experience to be working out on country. When we're back on country, it's sort of like that good feeling that you belong there.'
Source: ABC Rural