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What it looks like: Northern Quolls are grey brown with white spots on the body. The long black tail is sparsely furred with no spots. The size of a possum, a Northern Quoll has a pointed face, sharp teeth and a clawless big toe.

What it looks like: The Common Brushtail possum is a medium-sized mammal with fur that is grey or brown, and usually paler on the breast and belly. It has large, prominent ears that have a narrowly round tip and are longer than they are broad. Its bushy tail is slightly shorter than its combined head and body length.

What it looks like: The Masked Owl is a large, speckled bird with big, dark eyes and a narrow pointed bill set in a pale, flat, heart-shaped face. Its chest and belly are white or chestnut, and its back and wings are dark grey to brown. It has strong-clawed, well-feathered legs. It calls with a combination of loud shrieks and whistles.

What it looks like: Xylopia is an open shrub or erect sapling that can grow to 3 metres high. It holds its primary branches perpendicular to its central stem. The alternating leaves are also held horizontally, and, in some plants, have wavy margins, giving the plant a feathery appearance.

What it looks like: Stems of this Ground Orchid each have up to six shiny green, broad, paper-thin, near-basal leaves with wavy margins, and a long flower spike bearing numerous small purple flowers.

Fire management: an uncertain science

What it looks like: Northern Laurel, also known as White Walnut, is a tall tree with simple leaves, and peppery-smelling bark. As with many laurels, its leaves are paler below than above. Its clusters of inconspicuous pale brown flowers develop into round green fruit that turn black as they ripen.

The aerial incendiary proactive burning program funded and promoted aerial incendiary runs, mapped and interpreted the firescars that resulted from these burns, and then reviewed the outcomes to determine the effectiveness of the program. As a result of this review, a pre-season information package was drawn from the data to aid in the planning for the 2007 incendiary burn program.

The Rangelands Fire Management project commenced in October 2006, when contract arrangements were finalised and initial funding allocations received. This project report covers the reporting period from July 2006 to July 2007. Funding was only made available for the last 9 months of this period.

Golden-shouldered Parrot

Golden-shouldered parrot: they use termite mounds as nests