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Priority Areas Desert


The Desert Rangelands program focuses on managing places of significant biodiversity value which are inextricably linked with special places of high cultural significance.

Rangelands NRM is currently working with the Martu, Birriliburu and Spinifex people to actively manage country by reinstating traditional fire burning regimes and managing feral animals including cats, foxes and camels to protect the habitat of a number of threatened species including the Bilby, Black-flanked rock wallaby, Mulgara and Great Desert Skink.

Assets included in the Priority Areas

The Carnarvon Range including Lake Kerlyn and major water bodies, paleo-drainage channels and freshwater springs, including wetlands of national significance, all have significant environmental and cultural value.Similarly, tourism impacts along major access routes such as the Canning Stock Route and Anne Beadell Highway also require active management to address ever increasing human use threats.

Priority Map 2015 Deserts

The brown patches on the map represent priority areas.

Other factors at the core of Desert projects

Cultural NRM projects in the Desert Rangelands focus on building the capacity of existing and emerging ranger groups, managing Indigenous Protected Areas, the intergenerational transfer of traditional ecological knowledge and integrating western science with traditional practices.

The physical location of communities provides a foundational base, an important consideration when undertaking on ground works with ranger groups and other project partners in this vast and remote landscape.