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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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2014 ORV Advisory Committee Meetings

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Date: March 17, 2014
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Contact: Damon Doumlele, 239-695-1158

The 2014 Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee meetings for Big Cypress National Preserve will be held on Tuesdays, April 22 and October 7, from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The meetings will be held at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center auditorium at 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141.

For more details about the committee meeting agendas and minutes click here.

Comments and requests may also be submitted in writing to:
Big Cypress National Preserve
33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141
Attn: Superintendent, Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee

The Off-Road Vehicle 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 Off-Road Vehicles 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 policy of civic engagement. The Committee is comprised of individuals representing a broad range of backgrounds, knowledge and skills. 

Did You Know?

Bear in a tree.

Many do not expect to see bears in Florida. Actually, we have a healthy population within the state. Big Cypress is one of their ideal habitats in Southwest Florida. If camping in the area, be sure to keep your camp "bear proof."