Ever wondered how wildfires affect desert animals? The Karrajarri Pirra Warlu (Desert Fire) Project is researching fire management, cultural knowledge and biodiversity over the inland pirra (desert shrublands) and marangurru (spinifex country) areas of Karajarri Indigenous Protected Area (IPA).
The IPA is a huge area and access from the ground is hard. Karajarri Rangers are using aerial burning to manage fire over large areas. To see how this is helping wildlife, Karajarri are monitoring biodiversity with help from Environs Kimberley, the NESP TSR Hub, Kimberley Land Council and others. Although the monitoring program has only completed its first survey of many, the results are already showing how different animals require different types of habitat and how Karajarri’s right-way fire management can help this.