Rangers share knowldege at the Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (ALFA) meeting

Date: Dec 07, 2017

Publication Type: News

Subject: Caring for Country

​NLC rangers attended the Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (ALFA) meeting on 5-6 December in Nitmiluk National Park to share knowledge about the challenges and successes of fire management in Arnhem Land.

NLC rangers attended the Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (ALFA) meeting on 5-6 December in Nitmiluk National Park to share knowledge about the challenges and successes of fire management in Arnhem Land.

Day 1 was dominated by talk of the threat of grassy weeds, with Gamba Grass (Andropogon gayanus) posing the main threat to existing fire regimes.  The high fuel load that develops when infestations advances unchecked makes resulting fires far more destructive.

Rangers discussed the intensity of Gamba Grass fires in dramatically altering landscapes, the spread of Grassy weeds into Arnhem Land and opportunities for Rangers to monitor and prevent the spread of Gamba Grass.

There was talk about the formation of an Arnhem Land Weeds Advisory Group to help combat this key threat to biodiversity.

On day 2, rangers took a look at the fire scars for 2017 revealing that very few fires burned beyond August, an impressive achievement.