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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 2, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will begin. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. More »

  • Campground Closure

    All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. More »

  • Interstate 75 Mile Marker 63 Closure

    Beginning summer of 2013, the rest area and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 will be closed due to construction. 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?

Alligator in the swamp.

HP Williams and Oasis Visitor Center are popular places to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically January-May. Do not feed or approach wildlife.