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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

    As part of a settlement agreement with plaintiffs related to the designation of secondary off-road vehicle trails, all secondary off-road vehicle trails are closed until further environmental review and analysis can be completed. More »

  • October 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 Tuesday, October 7. More »

Commercial Use Authorization Application & Requirements

The Commercial Use Authorization authorizes out-of-park commercial services provided by commercial operators that originate and terminate their services outside of National Park Service boundaries. All advertisement, solicitation of business and acceptance of any form of compensation occurs outside NPS boundaries. Authorized services will have minimal impact on the Preserve's resources and values.

The following documents must be submitted to Special Use Permit Coordinator as part of the application package.

  1. Application
  2. Taxpayer Identification Number
  3. Include copies of business licensing
  4. Insurance coverage (declarations page and parts I & II)
  5. Permit fees ($100 non-refundable application fee payable to Big Cypress National Preserve)

Complete application packages can be sent to:

Big Cypress National Preserve
33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141
Attention: Commercial Services Coordinator

Did You Know?

Many large trees that did exist were harvested in the early 1900s.

There are few "big cypress" in Big Cypress National Preserve. The name actually refers to the great expanse of cypress forest, hundreds of thousands of acres, within the Big Cypress Swamp.