Kimberley Nature Project (KNP)
The Kimberley Nature Project follows on from the successful West Kimberley Nature Project. With funding from Caring for Country and Rangelands NRM we have been able to continue our work in the Kimberley region.
We work with Ranger Groups in the Kimberley to promote natural resource management (NRM; e.g. weeds, fire, feral animals) and related cultural activities and continue work to preserve rare animals including the Bilby and Gouldian Finch. This work is in addition to our ongoing activities managing and further documenting the Monsoon Vine Thickets of the Dampier Peninsula.
In the past two years we have been working with the Karajarri, Nyul Nyul, Bardi-Jawi and Bardi-Jawi Oorany, Bunuba, Gooniyandi and Yawuru Rangers in various NRM activities, thus expanding our work to the north, south and east of Broome where we are based. We continue to support Indigenous Ranger groups to build skills in ecological management, and provide training in weed control, fire management and feral animal control. Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is combined with scientific approaches to further project outcomes.
We work also with the Broome Botanical Society (BBS), the Society for Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals (SKIPA) and the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) in collaborative projects.
Recent activities (2015-16)
Mapping and surveying Monsoon Vine Thickets (MVTs) of Bunuba limestone country
Report on Dragon Tree Soak (Karriji-pa-yajula) back to country trip with Karajarri and DPaW
Monsoon Vine Thicket and biodiversity survey, Bardi-Jawi country
Biodiversity survey in Nyul Nyul country
Kimberley PECs and TECs Recovery Team
Weeding in Minyirr Park with Yawuru Rangers, CVA and Green Army
Vine thicket mapping, northern Dampier Peninsula
Monitoring impact of cattle on wetlands and fencing project, Karajarri country
Ranger fee for service activities including control of the invasive weeds Parkinsonia and Neem (Karajarri Rangers) and Rubber Bush (Bunuba Rangers) and burning to protect MVTs of the northern DP (Bardi-Jawi and Nyul Nyul Rangers).
Kimberley Weeds Forum (2015)
Monitoring of springs prior to arrival of the Cane Toad, Gooniyandi country
Gouldian Finch surveys in Nyul Nyul country
Weed mapping and identification of habitat suitable for the Purple-crowned Fairy-wren, Bunuba country.
Photos: Neil Hamaguchi (EK)
KNP staff (click on photo for larger version)