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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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

Meeting Reference Materials- 2008

REFERENCE MATERIALS FOR 03/2008 MEETING

Agenda for next meeting (28.0 KB, .doc file)

Draft minutes of 11/29/07 meeting (75.0 KB, .doc file)

Protocols for communicationg with media (24.5 KB, .doc file)

Report: BICY Off Road Vehicle Recreation and Its Benefits (3.3 MB, PDF file)

Burns Lake ORV trail access map (1.9 MB, .doc file)

Burns Lake ORV trail and 4 x 4 access information (33.5 KB, .doc file)

Draft working principles and ground rules (27.0 KB, .DOC file)

ORV education and permitting (200.1 KB, PDF file)

ORV rules and map (2.2 MB, PDF file)

Bear Island ORV rules and map (441.6 KB, PDF file)

ORV newsletter 04/05 (122.7 KB, PDF file)

ORV newsletter 05/06 (217.5 KB, PDF file)

Subcommittees (27.0 KB, .doc file)


REFERENCE MATERIALS FOR 05/2008 MEETING

Agenda for 5/12/08 meeting (33.0 KB, .doc file)

Draft minutes of 3/18/08 meeting (117.5 KB, .doc file)

ORV recreational permit: random drawing (30.5 KB, .doc file)

Draft media relations policy (25.0 KB, .doc file)

Tread Lightly! study overview




REFERENCE MATERIALS FOR 07/2008 MEETING

Agenda for 7/21/08 meeting (35.5 KB, .doc file)

Draft minutes of 5/12/08 meeting (168.5 KB, .doc file)

ATV hospitalization impact (339.8 KB, PDF file)

ATV 2006 annual report (979.7 KB, PDF file)

ATV injuries and deaths to children (37.0 KB, .doc file)

ATV injury prevention (88.3 KB, PDF file)

ATV legislation for children (69.6 KB, PDF file)

ATV injury prevention--Pediatrics (108.8 KB, PDF file)

ATV proposed rulemaking (82.0 KB, PDF file)

ATV statistics (44.6 KB, HTML file)

ORV collisions with trail gates (63.9 KB, PDF file)

Presentation: Unlicensed Operation of ORVs (69.5 KB, .ppt file)

Presentation: Visitor Survey Project (8.6 MB, .ppt file)


REFERENCE MATERIALS FOR 11/2008 MEETING

11/17/08 meeting agenda (37.0 KB, .doc file)

9/23/08 draft minutes (110.5 KB, .doc file)

Turner River Unit trails map (167.4 KB, PDF file)

Corn Dance unit trails map (227.8 KB, PDF file)

Policy on appropriate/inappropriate ORV use (27.0 KB, .doc file)

Disclaimer: Links within the above document(s) were valid as of the date published.

Did You Know?

A purple galinule walking along spadder dock.

The purple galinule though one of the most colorful birds in Big Cypress, is often well camouflaged. Look carefully along canal edges and gator holes for this beautiful bird. Many of the surrounding colors blend well with the birds feathers.