Currently there is fire activity within the Preserve. More »
Campfire Ban in Effect.
Due to severe fire conditions campfires restrictions are currently in place. More »
2013 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 8, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »
Beginning Monday, May 13 through Friday, August 16 camping will be available at the Midway Campground and the “loop” in the Bear Island Campground within Big Cypress National Preserve. All other established campgrounds will be closed. More »
Addition Lands Revised Alternatives Notice
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Contact: Damon Doumlele, 239-695-1158
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input on General Management Plan (GMP) / Wilderness Study/ Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan for the Big Cypress National Preserve Addition. The Addition is 146,000 acres of land that were added to the Preserve in 1988 by Public Law 100-301.
The National Park Service will be hosting three open houses in South Florida. These meetings are open houses format and the public is welcome to attend throughout the evening to discuss the preliminary alternatives with NPS staff. The open houses will be held from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the following locations:
- Naples — May 1, 2007, Edison College, 7007 Lely Cultural Parkway (Get Directions at MapQuest)
- Everglades City — May 2, 2007, Everglades City School, 415 School Drive (Get Directions at MapQuest)
- Weston — May 3, 2007, Weston Branch Library, 4205 Bonaventure Boulevard (Get Directions at MapQuest)
This plan will provide overall guidance on management of the Addition over the next 15-20 years. The National Park Service (NPS) published a set of preliminary alternatives in October 2005. Based on public comments received, we expanded the scope of the GMP to include a wilderness study and an off-road vehicle (ORV) management plan. In May 2006 we held three public meetings to collect additional information related to these topics. Based on comments received and field efforts by NPS staff, we have revised the preliminary alternatives to include wilderness and ORV management. A comment form and downloadable newsletter, which details the alternatives using full-color maps, are available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov by clicking on Plans/Documents Open for Comment and choosing Big Cypress National Preserve, Newsletter 5, April 2007. You may also submit your comments directly on-line. Mailed copies of the newsletter are available by calling 239-695-1103.
The open houses will provide opportunities to speak one-on-one with NPS staff. Comments will also be accepted by email at email@example.com or by postal mail at National Park Service, Denver Service Center, Big Cypress Planning Team, 12795 West Alameda Parkway, P.O. Box 25287, Denver, CO 80225-9901. All comments must be received by June 15 2007.
Did You Know?
Within the preserve, the HP Williams and Oasis Wildlife Viewing Platforms are popular areas to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically from January through May. Remeber not to feed or approach these dangerous animals.