Aboriginal cool burning

Traditional burning for the 21st Century

Integrating traditional knowledge from ‘fire stick’ farming in Ngunawal cultural pathways with present-day monitoring of changing ecology of grasslands and woodlands.


National Landcare Programme

Cool burning

 

Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife Private Land Conservation Grants

Summary

Integrating traditional burning practices with contemporary fire management

Project period

2018

Project status

In progress

Program links

This project contributes to the following MCG programs

  • Community engagement
  • Sustainable land management

Project description

Join Ngunawal and Ngarigo Traditional Custodians Wally Bell and Rod Mason in this series of Aboriginal cool burning workshops coordinated by Molonglo Catchment Group, Upper Shoalhaven Landcare and Upper Murrumbidgee Landcare.

The workshops aim to increase understanding and adoption of traditional burning practices and explore what contemporary fire management can learn from traditional fire management.

The workshops will have both ecological restoration and reconciliation outcomes.

  21 April 2018 Wandiyali-Environa Wildlife Sanctuary, Googong NSW
      28 April 2018 Bullan Mura, Stirling Park Yarralumla ACT
  6 May 2018 Millpost Farm, Bungendore NSW
  18 May 2018 Icon Water Biodiversity Offset Property, Williamsdale ACT
  2 June 2018 Mt Oak, Bredbo NSW

 

Events are weather dependant. Bookings essential. Numbers are limited.

Register: josie.banens@molonglocatchment.org.au

Background

In April 2017, Molongo Catchment Group convened a series of sustainable agriculture workshops, as part of the Majura Valley Festival. One of the workshops was an introduction to traditional Aboriginal burning.

For full details of the workshops go to the webpage. A summary of the traditional Aboriginal burning workshop is below.

Introduction to traditional Aboriginal ‘firestick’ farming in the 21st century

Integrating traditional knowledge from ‘fire stick’ farming in Ngunawal cultural pathways with present-day monitoring of changing ecology of grasslands and woodlands. This panel discussion places local experience in the global context of 21st century small and large ‘L’ land care by exploring topics affecting regional productivity, conservation and biodiversity.

Speakers

Wally Bell (Ngunawal Elder, Mulanggang Landcare Group)

Sarah Sharp (Plant Ecologist, Friends of Grasslands)

Peter Bridgewater (Chair Landcare ACT)

Project status and outcomes monitoring

Bullan Murra workshop

A workshop was held on 28 April 2018 on the use of traditional cool burning techniques at the Bullan Murra site. The workshop was sponsored by the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.

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Wandiyali workshop

A workshop was held on 21 April 2018 on the use of traditional cool burning techniques at Wandiyali near Googong.

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Williamsdale workshop

A workshop was held on 18 May 2018 on the use of traditional cool burning techniques at the Icon Water Biodiversity Offset Property near Williamsdale.

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