John's Open Road
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Roxby Downs, South Australia Australia
Public Television: Season 5
Arid Recovery Project
animals, archaeology, change, conservation, desert, geology, making a difference, making decisions, mining, threats
John Read has dedicated his life to the restoration of Australia's deserts (arid zone ecosystems). Years ago, John and his wife recognized that the desert environment was threatened by invasive species'—especially rabbits, cats and foxes—and founded the Arid Recovery Project in hopes of reintroducing native species. They even partnered with the local mining community, determined to turn what could be thought of as a threat into an opportunity. With the perseverance of a dedicated team, John is witnessing slow, but critical improvements in this delicate ecosystem.