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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days More »

Fire Management Plan

The Big Cypress Fire Management Plan identifies objectives of the prescribed fire management program (management ignited and natural) as:

* Control exotic plant species.
* Meet operation needs such as vista clearing and debris removal.
* Manage wildlife habitat for game, non-game, protected, and rare species.
* Research the ecological role of fire in the Preserve's varied ecosystem.
* Protect selected cultural and natural resources that are fire intolerant.
* Reduce hazard fuel accumulations in the backcountry, around improvements, and along major roadside corridors.

 
Firefighters maintaining a fireline
Firefighters maintaining a fireline
COURTESY/CHRISTOPHER DERMAN

Did You Know?

A young alligator emerges from its egg.

Alligator hatching season is typically September through October in south Florida. A female can lay up to 50 eggs, about 45 of which will hatch, but only two or three will make it beyond the first two years of life.