Aboriginal Land Managers Restoring Bass Strait Island lungtalanana to Pre-colonial Conditions Facing Big Hurdles

Marsupial trap in sight, palawa man Andry Sculthorpe traipses through the blackened heath of lungtalanana, a small island off the north coast of Tasmania.

After five nights of trapping on Clarke Island, lungtalanana’s colonial name, the only small native species he’s caught are two frogs and a lizard.

He crouches in anticipation, hoping for the best but expecting the worst. Nothing.

The absence of small native species sends a bleak message to wildlife conservationists and traditional owners alike.

But the groups have a long way to go in their efforts to restore Country to pre-colonial conditions, and funds are drying up.

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