Around Australia, Indigenous rangers care for Country by managing environmental threats like massive destructive wildfires, feral animals and invasive weeds. Rangers also heal Country by protecting important cultural and natural sites, caring for threatened animals and restoring lost and degraded habitat. This work is underpinned by the federal Indigenous Ranger and Indigenous Protected Area programs.
These programs are well-recognised as having powerful social, economic, and environmental benefits for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians alike. Still, it’s a big job, and if it’s going to be done right, traditional owners need a lot more support.