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2014 ORV Permits On Sale

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Date: December 3, 2013
Contact: Bob Degross, 239-695-1107
Contact: ORV Office at Oasis, 239-695-1205

On Friday, December 13, 2013 the 2014 ORV permits for Big Cypress National Preserve will be on sale at the ORV Office located in the Oasis Visitor Center. Permits are valid from January 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015. A total of 2000 permits will be available for purchase throughout the permit period.

Beginning this year, the cost for the annual permit will increase to $100. One hundred percent of the ORV permit fee goes directly back to the operation of Big Cypress National Preserve off-road vehicle programs. The funds support trail maintenance, ranger operations and permitting.

Permit fees are based on the cost of operating and managing the Big Cypress's ORV program. Comparable analyses was completed of ORV trail systems managed privately, by state agencies and other federal public areas to insure that increases are appropriate and competitive with current market conditions.

For more information on ORV use within the preserve and permits required for this recreational access go to - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/orv-use.htm. You may also contact the ORV office at 239-695-1205. The ORV office is open from Thursday through Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Mondays the office is open for permit renewals only.

Did You Know?

A purple galinule walking along spadder dock.

The purple galinule though one of the most colorful birds in Big Cypress, is often well camouflaged. Look carefully along canal edges and gator holes for this beautiful bird. Many of the surrounding colors blend well with the birds feathers.