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Help Restore Prairie Habitat for Rare Species at Avon Park Air Force Range (11/15/2018)
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Help Restore Prairie Habitat for Rare Species at Avon Park Air Force Range (11/15/2018)

Avon Park Air Force Range is requesting assistance from the Ridge Rangers to help restore both native wet grasslands, scrub and rare plant habitat on the base. Removal of the young pines and shrubs in rare plant habitat will enhance and ensure the long term viability of some of our rarest orchids and other plants in the region.

11/15/2018
When: From 8 AM to around noon
Where: Avon Park Air Force Range
Building 600
600 Jennings Memorial Drive
Avon Park, Florida  33825
United States
Contact: Kateri Tonyan
Office #: (863) 452-4185, Cell #: (863) 368-2185


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Avon Park Air Force Range is requesting assistance from the Ridge Rangers to help restore both native wet grasslands, scrub and rare plant habitat on the base. We would like the Ridge Ranger volunteers to assist with the removal of woody encroachment, including slash pines, sand pines and myrtles, that have invaded into some of our otherwise intact wet grassland and scrub habitats. Removal of the young pines and shrubs in rare plant habitat will enhance and ensure the long term viability of some of our rarest orchids and other plants in the region.


We’ll be using hand tools to cut down small slash pines and myrtles to help restore the original prairie habitat to help rare and endangered species.


Slash Pines taking over prairie in a conservation area at Avon Park Air Force Range


Please wear long pants, long sleeves, and a hat. We'll have all the tools and gear needed, but bring your work gloves. We'll also have plenty of cold drinking water.

The guard at the entrance may ask for a photo ID, please be sure to bring one. 


Meeting Location:

We'll be meeting at Building 600(Recreation Building) at the Air Force Range. See this link in a zoomable Google Maps, showing the route from US 27 in Avon Park to the Air Force Range Entrance and then to the meeting location: https://goo.gl/maps/9yihbjWxPh92

Driving Directions:

Take US Hwy 27 to Avon Park. At the light at US27 and Main Street turn east on Main Street (CR64) and follow CR 64 for about 10 miles until it ends at the Avon Park AFR security gate. The guard can help with directions to the Outdoor Recreation Office- bldg 600. From the gate go straight ahead past the juvenile facilities. Go left at a "Y" intersection and look for the brown sign that says "Outdoor Recreation and Fish & Wildlife Program - Bldg 600"


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.

Please see APAFR's official website for more at http://www.cfrpc.org/jlus-avonparkafr/conservation-and-wetlands-protection-and-restoration/