The deserts of western Australia are vast and beautiful landscapes that remain as some of the planet's most incredible wilderness. The vast mulga woodlands stretch from horizon to horizon, interspersed with enormous granite monoliths holding rock art galleries dating back over 10,000 years. Spectacular salt lakes fill about once every 10 years, and ephemeral rivers snake through the red sands. Species yet unsubscribed scurry through the sparse undergrowth, or even live deep underground in ancient aquifers. The western deserts maintain some of the most intact Aboriginal cultures and languages in Australia, harbour the secrets of European explorers and offer unique, non-destructive economic experiences for the people who visit them. Sadly these wild landscapes and their communities are under significant threat from short-term exploitation, a lack of resources to protect them and severe social disadvantage.
The Forever Wild team is currently assessing this region with the view of creating one of the world's largest wilderness reserves, where our social, ecological and economic programs will ensure their survival for generations to come. We are working closely with the communities of the Western Deserts to co-design a world-first in wilderness landscape management.