Aboriginal cool burning

Traditional burning for the 21st Century

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

Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife

Private Land Conservation Grants

Project summary

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

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

The workshops have both ecological restoration and reconciliation outcomes.

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  2 June 2018 Mt Oak, Bredbo NSW

 

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)

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Job code
8001