July 23, 2015
60 Day ORV Trail Closure Lifted
The annual 60 day ORV closure will be lifted as of Friday, July 31. All areas of the preserve that allow for off-road vehicle use will be accessible via marked designated trails, this includes airboat access into Zone 4.
July 15, 2015
Tamara “Tammy” Whittington Selected as New Superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve
Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin announced that Tamara “Tammy” Whittington has been selected to be superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee, Fla. Whittington has served as the associate regional director of resource stewardship and science, for the National Park Service (NPS) Intermountain Region in Denver since 2011.
July 13, 2015
Review and Comment Period for Oil and Gas Plan of Operation Extended
The National Park Service (NPS) is extending the public review and comment period on the Nobles Grade 3-D Seismic Survey/Plan of Operations (Plan) within Big Cypress National Preserve. The Plan will be available for public review and comment through August 16, 2015.
July 06, 2015
Wilderness Eligibility Assessment Completed for Big Cypress National Preserve
Acting Superintendent J.D. Lee announced today that Big Cypress National Preserve has completed a wilderness eligibility assessment for all lands in the original Preserve as part of the Backcountry Access Plan (BAP) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) being prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).
June 17, 2015
Preserve Seeks Comment on Oil and Gas Plan of Operations
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comments on Nobles Grade 3-D Seismic Survey/Plan of Operations (Plan) to explore for oil and gas within Big Cypress National Preserve.
June 12, 2015
All fire related Public Use Closures Lifted Effective Close of Business June 12
As of 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 12, 2015, all fire related closures within Big Cypress National Preserve will be lifted. This allows visitors to once again access the entire Florida National Scenic Trail within the Preserve boundaries, and areas of the Addition Lands north of Interstate 75.
May 12, 2015
Firefighters Stay the Course on Mud Lake Wildfire Complex
The Mud Lake Wildfire Complex, thirty miles east of Naples, Florida in Big Cypress National Preserve is approximately 2,077 acres and remains 15% contained at this time.
May 12, 2015
Winners Announced In the Third Annual Big Cypress Poetry Contest
In honor of National Poetry Month, Big Cypress National Preserve held its third annual poetry contest during the month of April.
April 23, 2015
Tourism to Big Cypress National Preserve Creates $91 Million in Economic Benefits Report shows visitor spending supports 1,323 jobs in local economy
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,192,856 visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve in 2014 spent $91,111,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,323 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $129,699,800.
April 17, 2015
Seasonal Closures at Big Cypress
With the continuation of the dry season here in south Florida several closures persist within Big Cypress National Preserve.
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 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 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.