Rangelands NRM works with Aboriginal communities and groups on a variety of projects to improve, enhance and protect the unique biodiversity and cultural values in their region.

In the Western Desert, we work closely with Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) and the martu people, as well as with the Central Desert Native Title Service (CDNTS) in the Birriliburu and Kiwirrkurra Indigenous protected areas. More recently, we have been working with the Pila Nguru Aboriginal Corporation and the Spinifex community in the Great Victorian Desert. In the Kimberley, we have work with the Kimberley Land Council and many independently-run ranger groups including Bunuba, Kija, Nyangumarta, Gooniyandi, Oombulgurri and Balanggarra. In the Pilbara, we have a long working relationship with the Ngurrawaana rangers working in the Fortescue River catchment’s Leramugadu Lease. In the southern rangelands, members of Norseman’s Ngadju community are working to protect and conserve malleefowl and care for key sites in the Great Western Woodlands.

We support active on-ground management of key threatened fauna species and priority biodiversity assets by Traditional Owners, through combining traditional knowledge with contemporary science. Work includes controlling weeds, managing culturally-significant areas and monitoring threatened species such as the crest-tail mulgara, greater bilby, the greater desert skink, malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) and the southern marsupial mole (Notoryctes typhlops).

We also work with traditional owners to develop their capacity to address broad scale fires that have the potential to burn wildly, especially across wide areas of the desert.

We work with Indigenous-run or managed pastoral stations, providing support with ESRM planning, trials and on-ground works.

We have worked with several groups to develop and advance Indigenous Ranger programs. In 2015, we developed a ranger incubation framework—a step-wise tool to guide aspiring ranger groups through the ‘Discovering’ phase required before commencing the more focused ‘Planning’ and ‘Doing’ phases of a ranger program. A ‘So, you want a Ranger Team’ poster has been developed to assist the process and explains the three phases— ‘Discovering’, ‘Planning’ and ‘Doing’.