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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 2014 Zone 4 Closure

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »

  • Turner River Closure

    Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »

  • Campground Closure

    Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. 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

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Date: January 3, 2013
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.

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