After 10 years, a campfire conversation between Wiradjuri man Russel Hill and ecologist Milton Lewis has resulted in a new book about traditional Aboriginal fire management knowledge.
The Central Tablelands Local Land Services with support from the Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council launched the book titled Lighting the Path: A Journey to Heal People and Country.
Local Land Services senior land officer Greg Ingram said the book explores the practice of cultural burning and the use of cool burn techniques to restore the health of both people and land across NSW.
"Lighting the Path is not a 'how to guide' to lighting cool burns, he said.
"It is a record of the learning and collaboration between Aboriginal people and the broader community in search of a better way to rehabilitate and care for our natural environment."
The book explores the challenges and discoveries over the past decade as local Aboriginal people worked with the LLS to reignite Aboriginal knowledge and reconnect with their country.
The story has been compiled by key authors Michelle Hines, Larry Towney, Greg Ingram and Milton Lewis
The book is available to read online through the LLS website: www.lls.nsw.gov.au/regions/central-tablelands/key-projects/lighting-the-path
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