Working to protect Country
08 July 2016
North Coast Local Land Services has developed a range of exciting and innovative projects that are developing skills to protect Country. The projects are building the skills of Aboriginal Green Teams in land management and cultural connection to Country activities and recently one of these projects facilitated the training of two Githabul Rangers in vertebrate pest control techniques.
Most of the work undertaken by the Githabul Rangers, which includes large scale bush regeneration, fire management, threatened species protection and vertebrate pest monitoring is undertaken on government land tenure. Support from North Coast Local Land Services allowed the Rangers to demonstrate these skills on privately owned land during a five-day vertebrate pest tracking and trapping project in partnership with TRACS Wild Dog Management.
The project was undertaken as part of the North Coast Local Land Services Feral Pig Control in the Upper Clarence Area project. The recent training focused on the tracking of feral cats and dogs and these same skills and techniques will be used in future projects that contribute to the control of pigs on private properties along the Clarence River.
The Rangers have been undertaking feral pig, dog and cat monitoring on Githabul Country in the Northern Rivers Region for over three years in partnership with Bill Crisp from TRACS. The Rangers were happy to demonstrate their skills to private property owners as a result of the support provided by North Coast Local Land Services with funding from the National Landcare Programme.
Glenda and David Stace kindly hosted the latest training on their property Spring Valley between Woodenbong and Urbanville and were delighted at the success of the training. They were pleased that on the second night of training the Rangers trapped a dog that had killed a sheep a few nights before.
Peter Boyd, North Coast Local Land Services Team Leader said "We understand that wild pigs are only one of the vertebrate pests in the Upper Clarence and realise that with an effective community baiting program and trapping, wild dogs, foxes and cats can also be controlled.
“A primary objective in all of our projects is to increase the skill of the community and this project is an excellent example of that approach.
“Bill is a highly regarded trapper and we're grateful he has been able to pass on some of his knowledge to the Githabul Rangers who now have the skills to help manage vertebrate pests in their own land and pass that skill onto others.”
Peter Boyd, Team Leader Phone: 0427 215 276
Photo 1: Ben Pye, Cyril Williams and Duane Williams (Githabul Rangers), Bill Crisp (Tracs Wild Dog Management) and Glenda and David Stace (landholders).
Photo 2: Cyril Williams, Bugs the tracking dog and Duane Williams