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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 »

Our Staff & Offices

SUPERINTENDENT
The superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve is the preserve's top official, responsible for managing and supervising all preserve operations and activities. The superintendent's office includes the deputy superintendent, program assistant, park planner, and concession specialist.

DIVISIONS
Divisions within the park include administration, interpretation, maintenance, resource management, and resource and visitor protection. A division chief heads each division.

Administration Division acts as the "business office" for Big Cypress National Preserve. Its principal functions include human resources, purchasing, property management, budget administration, contracting, housing matters, payroll, technology support (personal computers and telephone system), and mail.

Fire and Aviation Management Division at Big Cypress is one of the largest in the National Park System. It follows a comprehensive fire plan that allows the restoration of fire regimes through a full range of management tools. Natural fire, prescribed fire, hazard fuel reduction, and fire effects monitoring help restore natural processes, while providing for firefighter and public safety.

Interpretation Division is responsible for information/education programs and services provided to preserve visitors and neighbors. The division manages publications, digital media, interpretive exhibits and waysides, ranger-led activities, and visitor center operations. Interpretive rangers also provide environmental education and outreach to various partners, school groups, and organizations. A curriculum-based education program reaches many students in local schools in the fall.

Maintenance Division maintains all roads, trails, buildings, utilities, grounds, vehicles, and other physical facilities in the park to assure their safe use. The division also manages construction and rehabilitation projects to support Big Cypress' operation.

Resource Management Division provides scientific guidance to preserve management on all matters related to natural and cultural resources. The division conducts or oversees studies on physical, biological, and cultural resources. Staff members often work with private landowners to ensure the protection of conservation easements held by the NPS. The division also maintains an extensive museum collection.

Resource and Visitor Protection Division is responsible for law enforcement, emergency medical services, dispatch, search and rescue, fire management, fees, and security of preserve facilities, buildings, and park-owned housing.

If you are searching for a particular park employee, visit the NPS Directory.

Did You Know?

A young alligator emerges from its egg.

Alligator hatching season is typically September through October in south Florida. A female can lay up to 50 eggs, about 45 of which will hatch, but only two or three will make it beyond the first two years of life.