In a remote corner of the west Kimberley lies a vast property that has been virtually untouched for almost 50 years. The Yampi Sound Training Area (Yampi) is an area of outstanding conservation value. Covering 568,000 hectares, including over 700 kilometres of coastline, Yampi is a hotspot for endangered and endemic wildlife.
AWC has been contracted by Defence to deliver science-based land management at Yampi. Our ground-breaking partnership with the military will deliver effective conservation for one of Australia’s great natural treasures.
Located within the traditional country of the Dambimangari people, Yampi straddles three different bioregions. Towering escarpments stand guard over long, hidden valleys decorated by pockets of rainforest. Tropical streams cascade over waterfalls and through chains of rock pools before meandering through savanna woodland until they reach the coast. Rugged sandstone and basalt ranges extend into the ocean, creating an intricate pattern of bays and inlets flanked by dense mangrove forests.
When Defence purchased this land in the 1970’s, it secured an area of outstanding ecological significance that now rivals Australia’s great national parks for the diversity and abundance of its wildlife. Yampi protects a wide range of endemic, threatened, and iconic Kimberley fauna, such as the Northern Quoll, Golden-backed Tree-rat, Monjon, Western Partridge Pigeon, Black Grasswren, Gouldian Finch and Orange Leaf-nosed Bat.
Working closely with the Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation, AWC will design and deliver feral control, fire management and a world class science program, protecting Yampi’s natural values consistent with its military use. It is the first partnership of its kind in Australia between conservation and the military, and is potentially a template for military land around the world.