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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 »

  • 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

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 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?

Alligator in the swamp.

Feeding alligators creates nuisance alligators. Every year alligators that have been fed by visitors begin to lose their fear of humans. If these animals become aggresive they are killed to ensure visitor safety. To avoid this tragic end for these unique animals DO NOT FEED THEM.