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 »
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 »
2013 ORV Advisory Committee Meetings
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Contact: Damon Doumlele, 239-695-1158
The next meeting of Big Cypress National Preserve's Off-road Vehicle Advisory Committee (ORVAC) will be held on Wednesday, January 30 from 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center in the auditorium at 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. Additional meetings during 2013 will be held on Wednesday, May 29; Wednesday, August 28; and, Tuesday, November 5. All meetings will be held at the same time and location, unless otherwise announced prior to the meeting.
For more details about the ORVAC, meeting agendas and minutes, or to submit agenda items click go to - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/ parkmgmt/orv-advisory- committee.htm. Comments and requests may also be submitted in writing to - Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141, Attn: ORV Advisory Committee.
For agendas visit - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/ parkmgmt/off-road-advisory- committee-meeting-agendas.htm.
All read ahead reference materials related to meetings can be found at - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/ parkmgmt/reference-materials. htm.
The ORV Advisory Committee was established pursuant to the Preserve's 2000 Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 to examine issues and make recommendations regarding the management of ORVs within the Preserve.
The establishment of the Committee fulfills the requirements of the Preserve's Off Road Vehicle Plan and is consistent with the National Park Service's policy of civic engagement. The Committee is comprised of individuals representing a broad range of backgrounds, knowledge and skills.
Did You Know?
Big Cypress National Preserve is big. REALLY BIG. With a total land area of 1,139 square miles, the state of Rhode Island can easily fit within its boundaries.