Conservation

OVAS has a 50 year history of advocating for Conservation in Florida. The OVAS Board of Directors frequently approves special letters to be sent on behalf of the membership supporting or criticizing a Wildlife Management Plan, or a Restoration Plan. We base our comments on science and are blessed to have several scientists on our board.

The Oklawaha River (Indian spelling) originates in the Green Swamp in south Lake County and flows thru the Clermont Chain of lakes before emptying into the Palatlakaha River to Lake Harris and the Harris Chain of Lakes. It then flows north to the St. Johns River in Putnam County for 74 miles. OVAS was named for this river basin and has been active for 50 years in advocating for the protection of the Green Swamp and the Ocala National Forest, the removal of the Rodman Dam, and for the protection of Silver Springs and the Silver River which is a major tributary of the Ocklawaha. OVAS has also advocated for the restoration efforts at Emeralda and Lake Apopka marshes. Lake Apopka connects to the Harris Chain of Lakes thru the A-B Canal. We cannot protect everything in the Oklawaha basin, but we do our best, and focus on the larger threats or benefits.