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Fortescue

Fortescue

Region: Pilbara


Overview:

The Pilbara is a fragmented landscape, which hinders holistic land management at the landscape scape. Building on the existing Pilbara Corridors fire project, there is an opportunity to integrate land management in the area and build collaboration amongst the variety of land managers (Aboriginal pastoralists, Aboriginal Ranger groups and Conservation estate managers). This area (covering the triangle of Millstream-Karijini-Yandeyarra) is defined by the large Hammersley and Chichester ranges. The hills are particularly susceptible to lightning strikes and bush fires, and this is a major threat in the region, so it is also important to continue a coordinated approach to fire. It is important to Traditional Owners and because it houses important national parks and has existing populations of threatened species such as bilbies and quolls.

Through the work of the Pilbara Corridors, important relationships have developed. Rangelands NRM wants to continue to build these relationships and bring in Traditional Owners and pastoralists to link with the conservation estate.


Key EBBC or priority fauna in area:

  • Endangered Northern Quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus)
  • Vulnerable Bilby (Macrotis lagotis)
  • Vulnerable Pilbara Olive Python (Liasis olivaceus barroni)

Other assets in the area:

  1. Fortescue River
  2. Yule River
  3. Millstream National Park
  4. Karrajini National Park
  5. Yandeyarra
  6. Woodstock Abydos Protected Area

People/Groups engaged in the area:

  1. Department of Biodiversity conservation and Attractions
  2. Pastoralists
  3. Yandeyarra Rangers
  4. Ngurawaana Rangers
  5. Banjima Rangers (Tom Price)
  6. Budadee Rangers (Woodstock Abydos Protected Area)
  7. Yandeyarra Pastoral Managers
  8. Kimberley Pilbara Cattleman’s Association
  9. Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee
  10. Greening Australia WA