Matthew Miles from NSW Dept of Planning and Environment contracted DEG's River Ranger team to map nguu (Melaleuca trichostachya Lindl. or Melaleuca bracteata F.Muell) swamp paperbark or tea trees along the Barwon River
for approx. 80kms of the Baawan upstream and downstream of Walgett. Nguu are important habitat for native fish and Matthew, being part of the NSW environmental water management team needs to know of their health. The Walgett River Ranger team were able to enter some properties and crown lands to reach the river, but came to a halt once all the friendly landholders were exhausted. It was a matter of safety for the Ranger Team that we needed to purchase a tinny for them to be able to complete the project, and map the nguu from the river. Since the tinny purchase they have been powering along with the mapping project. Currently they are uploading data and photos to Google Earth - but future training will allow Arcview or QGIS mapping platforms to be used.