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Whilst the current staff at Arid Recovery were not around back in 1997 as works began, they can appreciate the hard work that went in to making the award winning Arid Recovery Reserve what it is today.
2012 sees Arid Recovery celebrating 15 successful years of feral control, reintroductions, scientific papers and more. Beginning as a dream for local ecologist John Read and his partner Katherine Moseby, the Reserve has now grown from the original 14km2 to cover 123km2.
“I still vividly remember in 1997 when I finally convinced my boss to support paying a major share in the initial 14km long fence” says John with a grin. “We had secured support from both the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the University of Adelaide. His reluctant and muted response was “Go ahead with this but remember there will be no extra costs, no airfares, no lunches, nothing!!”
The first construction phase of the Reserve saw local and visiting volunteers toiling away in the red dirt, wrestling with fencing wire and scrabbling for C-clips to erect the fence. Now half the thirty thousand acre Reserve is free from feral cats, foxes and rabbits, with staff planning to increase this over the next year. Four locally extinct mammals have been reintroduced successfully, and populations are currently booming, particularly for the Burrowing Bettongs.
Plans are underway for a celebration during the Arid Recovery Open Day, to be held on Sunday August 19th. The event last year was a hit with more than 150 people checking out what goes on behind the fence. Staff are keen for everyone to take advantage of the open Arid Recovery gate on the day, have a chat and find out a bit more about the Reserve and what makes our arid zone so special.
Further information about the Open Day will be posted on the Arid Recovery website, or keep an eye out about town for posters and brochures.