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    Big Cypress

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February 24, 2015
Artists Selected for the 2015-2016 Artist-In-Residence Program
Five talented artists have been selected for the 2015-2016 Artist-In-Residence program.

February 24, 2015
Third Annual Poetry Contest
April is National Poetry Month and what better way to celebrate than with a poetry contest? Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held each April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.

February 09, 2015
2015 Zone-4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, February 16, 2015, the Zone-4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. This will begin the 60-day recreational off-road vehicle closure for this management unit within the Preserve. Pending water levels, this unit will re-open to access by airboats on Friday, April 17, 2015.

February 09, 2015
Turner River Travel Advisory Due to Low Water Conditions
Effective close of business February 15, 2015, Turner River canoe launch will be closed to commercial operations and ranger-led activities due to low water conditions.

January 26, 2015
Big Cypress National Preserve Sees Record Visitation For 2014
Big Cypress National Preserve received its highest annual visitation in 2014, with an estimated 1,192,858 visitors for 2014 (an 18 percent increase over 2013). The highest visitation since America’s first national preserve was established, in 1974.

January 09, 2015
January/February Planned "Loop Road Prairie" Prescribed Fire
If conditions are met and remain favorable Big Cypress National Preserve is planning to conduct the “Loop Road Prairie” prescribed fire operation within the Loop Unit of the preserve between mid-January and late February, 2015. The Loop Unit is located south of US-41 and northeast of the Loop Road. This operation will take place in the eastern portion of the unit.

January 08, 2015
Preserve/Refuge to Prepare Joint Fire Management Plan Environmental Assessment
The managers of Big Cypress National Preserve and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge are jointly preparing an Environmental Assessment in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act for the proposed updates to their Fire Management Plans.

January 07, 2015
Pedro Ramos Selected as New Superintendent for Everglades & Dry Tortugas National Parks
Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin announced that Pedro Ramos has been selected as superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, in Florida. Ramos has been serving as superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve since January 2009. Pedro Ramos will begin his new assignment in mid-January.

December 01, 2014
2015 Off-Road Vehicle Permits
On Friday, December 19, 2014, the 2015 off-road vehicle permits for Big Cypress National Preserve will be available for purchase at the Off-Road Vehicle Office, located at Oasis Visitor Center. Permits are valid from the date of purchase, through January 31, 2016. A total of 2,000 permits will be available during the permit period.

November 26, 2014
New Season of SWAMP programs begins for Sixth-Grade Students in Collier County
A new season of environmental education programs for sixth-grade students in Collier County has begun with student field trips to the Big Cypress National Preserve scheduled from now through the end of March.

November 19, 2014
Local Singer/Songwriter JJ McCoy and Band Perform at Big Cypress Birthday Bash
Local country music artist JJ McCoy and the JJ McCoy Band bring their distinctive sound to the Big Cypress Birthday Bash on Friday December 5 at the Collier County Museum in Naples to kickoff a two-day celebration marking the 40th anniversary of the Big Cypress National Preserve.

November 10, 2014
Celebrate Big Cypress National Preserve 40th Anniversary at two events in December
In 1974, Congress established Big Cypress National Preserve as America's first national preserve. The area was saved through a grassroots effort by many to halt the construction of a massive jetport project, ensuring that the Big Cypress Swamp would be protected and enjoyed for generations. Join the National Park Service and our partners on December 5-6, to celebrate this special place.

September 22, 2014
October 2014, Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled
The National Park Service at Big Cypress National Preserve has cancelled the Off-road Vehicle Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for October 7.

September 19, 2014
New Online Off-Road Vehicle Training Course Available
Effective September 19, 2014, Big Cypress National Preserve will offer an online opportunity for visitors to complete the off-road vehicle operator course. Since 2000, visitors have been required to take a training course, in person at the off-road vehicle office, during office hours.

September 03, 2014
Big Cypress Now Accepting Applications for 2015-2016 Artist-In-Residence Program
The Artist-In-Residence Program at Big Cypress National Preserve offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the national preserve's inspiring landscape.

July 30, 2014
"Another Path" Art Exhibition
Another Path artist exhibition showcases Tom Weinkle’s inspired work while he was an Artist-In-Residence at Big Cypress for five weeks during January and February 2012.

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