NPARC/Apudthama Land and Sea Ranger Program

About

The Land and Sea Ranger Programme operates through the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council and is jointly run with custodians of the land, The Apudthama Land Trust. The Ranger program manages local natural resources over approximately 250,000 Ha of land, including 300km of coastline which spans both the east and west coasts of Cape York Peninsula. The rangers are an important part of the community and provide a vital service not only in managing country but also in the intergenerational transfer of knowledge and skills from Elders to their young people. 

As managers of beaches that include the world's largest flatback turtle rookery, the NPARC/Apudthama Rangers conduct an intensive turtle nest monitoring program each dry season. This monitoring is part of a larger project that aims to study the breeding biology, habitat utilisation, diets and health of flatback turtles originating from Jardine River beach and Crab Island, in the Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) region, Queensland. 

The Apudthama Land and Sea Rangers are one of the founding members of the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance and play a key role in reducing threats to vulnerable and endangered marine turtles nesting on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula. The Rangers are also responsible for managing Crab Island, a globally significant rookery for the endemic flatback turtle. 

Rangers from the Injinoo Ranger Base will implement Gamba grass control activities over and area of 50 Ha over 2017.
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This small grant supports the on-going work of the Apudthama Land and Sea Rangers to protect marine turtles nesting on coastal areas managed by the ranger program during 2015.
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This project forms part of a broader pest management program delivering a strategy of integrated aerial and on-ground feral pig control measures involving shooting, trapping and baiting.

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Gamba Grass (Andropogon gayanus) is a significant weed in Queensland and is a declared pest under Queensland legislation. Cape York NRM provides support to the Injinoo Ra

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The purpose of this project was to undertake a targeted aerial cull on pests animals such as pigs around Flatback nesting sites.

The Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance (WCTTAA) represents an agreement between land and sea managers from Pormpuraaw, Napranum, Mapoon and Northern Peninsula Area, to work together for the protection of marine turtles along the west coast of Cape York.

Northern Peninsula Area Turtle Information

Published: Jan 2016
Type: Reference Document

Northern Peninsula Area Gamba Grass Control 2014 & 2015

Published: Jan 2016
Type: Map

Summary of Flatback turtle (Natator depressus) monitoring data for the Jardine River site 2012-2014

Apudthama Ranger Report on Flatback monitoring activities at Jardine River 2013-14 compiled by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, the NPARC/Apudthama Land Trust Rangers and the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alliance (WCTTAA).
Published: Aug 2015
Type: Reference Document

Northern Peninsula Area Community Plan 2010-2020

This community plan is the result of consultation with the Injinoo, Bamaga, New Mapoon and Seisia community forums and feedback gained from Public meetings held to inform this plan and the NPA Local Indigenous Partnership Agreement. A separate meeting was held with the Apudthama Land Trust.
Published: Dec 2010
Type: Reference Document