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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 »

Nonnative Species

One of the largest threats to natural habitats, world-wide, is the biological invasion of non-native plants and animals. Ecosystems and the habitats within them have a natural balance that can be greatly altered by the introduction of non-native species. Billions are spent annually to eradicate invasive non-native species such as zebra mussels, Brazilian pepper, melaleuca and hundreds of other introduced plants and animals.

In Florida alone it is estimated that there are over 900 established non-native plant and animal species. Not all of these species pose a major issue, but several can create ecological devastation.

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Burmese python

Exotic plant management

Did You Know?

Airboat traveling through wet prairies.

Airboats are one of the approved ways to access remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve. Remember, all off-road vehicle access requires a valid permit, and visitors operating ORVs need to know the legal areas they can operate.