Conservation & Wetlands Protection & Restoration
The Avon Park Air Force Range’s extensive natural and cultural resources are managed to maintain their unique ecological characteristics and to ensure the long term sustainability of the Range’s military training mission. The program is one of the most extensive in the Air Force and encompasses protecting wetland and endangered species habitats as well as utilizing these resources for numerous benefits.
More than 54,000 acres of wetlands are found on the APAFR. These areas are protected to make sure their ecological integrity is not compromised. The Air Force is currently working with the US Army Corps of Engineers for the restoration of the Kissimmee River, which flows along the eastern boundary of the Range, and with the South Florida Water Management District to improve over 2,500 acres of floodplain of Arbuckle Creek, as a part of the Lake Okeechobee Protection Program.