Laws & Policies
Various public documents help guide the further management of natural and cultural resources, and the recreational opportunities within the preserve. Click on the links below to find out more.
Congress created the Big Cypress National Preserve in 1974, as one of the first national preserves within the National Park System. Click here to download the law in its entirety.
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The Hunting Management Plan outlines how the NPS and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in consultation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), will cooperate to implement an adaptive management strategy to manage hunting in the Preserve.
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In recent years the occurrence of high and low water conditions have prompted the National Park Service to temporarily close areas of the Preserve to off-road vehicles, such as swamp buggies, airboats, and all-terrain vehicles. This paper provides an overview of this subject, and discusses how hydrologic criteria can be used to assist future decision making.
This document answers commonly asked questions regarding the ownership of private property within the boundaries of Big Cypress National Preserve.
The LRIP presents a visitor experience vision of the Preserve, based on purpose, significance, and mission identified in the Preserve's Strategic Plan.
This document guides the implementation and management of the recreational off-road vehicle trail system within the Preserve.
The GMP is a plan developed to guide the management of the preserve over a 10 to 20 year period. Vol. 2 of the GMP are the written comments received during the development of the plan along with the NPS responses.
This document outlines the actions necessary to assure resource protection and provide essential public access.