When we use fire properly it makes the land come alive again. When the right people burn in the right places, at the right time and in the right way, it protects the country from late dry season wildfires that can cover huge areas.
Our good early dry season fires are patchy fires — small fires that don’t scorch the canopy and link up to make a pattern of burned fire breaks. There is still plenty of food for animals. Sugarbag bees are finding the flowers they need to fill their nests with honey.
The green grass that grows after early fires make kangaroos and wallabies fat. After bad fires food for animals is gone, nesting hollows for birds, bandicoots and possums are destroyed and trees may take several seasons to recover.
But bad fires also harm the whole planet. They produce far more greenhouse gases than our good early dry season fires.
So we are bringing back our traditional fire management but in a new way to look after our country and the world.
We use helicopters and vehicles but we are working to the same outcomes as our ancestors.
We have joined with other groups to earn money from reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
This is making jobs for our people and helping to fund other parts of our healthy country work.
Burning brings people together — rangers must talk to the right people to make our annual fire plans. ASRAC supports fire management by people who are living on country.
Right way burning is strong medicine for our country.
The right people burning country at the right time with a strong carbon business, and there are plenty of healthy sugarbag, emu and kangaroo.