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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 »

Laws & Policies

Various public documents help guide the further management of natural and cultural resources, and the recreational opportunities within the preserve. Click on the links below to find out more.

BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE ENABLING LEGISLATION
(PL 93-440, as amended by PL 100-301)

Congress created the Big Cypress National Preserve in 1974, as one of the first national preserves within the National Park System.
Click here to download the law in its entirety.

COOPERATIVE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT BETWEEN NPS/FWC-2011
Click here for the agreement.

CRITERIA FOR OFF-ROAD VEHICLE & HUNTING ACCESS WITHIN BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE IN RESPONSE TO SURFACE WATER LEVELS- AUGUST 2006
In recent years the occurrence of high and low water conditions have prompted the National Park Service to temporarily close areas of the Preserve to off-road vehicles, such as swamp buggies, airboats, and all-terrain vehicles. This paper provides an overview of this subject, and discusses how hydrologic criteria can be used to assist future decision making.

BIG CYPRESS PROPERTY OWNERS QUESTION & ANSWERS- NOVEMBER 2005
This document answers commonly asked questions regarding the ownership of private property within the boundaries of Big Cypress National Preserve.

LONG RANGE INTERPRETIVE PLAN (LRIP)- 2002
The LRIP presents a visitor experience vision of the Preserve, based on purpose, significance, and mission identified in the Preserve's Strategic Plan.

OFF-ROAD VEHICLE MANAGEMENT PLAN- 2000
This document guides the implementation and management of the recreational off-road vehicle trail system within the Preserve.

BIG CYPRESS LAND PROTECTION PLAN- 1991
This document outlines the actions necessary to assure resource protection and provide essential public access.

Did You Know?

A great white heron scratches its neck. Notice the color of the legs.

The great white heron is very similar to the great white egret. However, look closely and you will see that the heron has yellow legs, while the egret has black legs. The great white heron is found only in south Florida in the United States. It can also be found on several caribbean islands.