Experiences in various jurisdictions demonstrate the value of government employing local peoples to care for country. For example, ranger programs in Australia have provided employment opportunities in natural resource management for indigenous people in remote areas. In these remote areas, Indigenous Australian’s are often the most qualified and appropriate people to provide such public services.
Traditional fire management can likewise be supported through public investment, as a public service alongside other publicly funded conservation activities. As in other cases, public sector investment requires an appreciation at the political level of the benefits for people and the environment of traditional fire management, alongside an enabling environment consisting of supportive policy and regulation.