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All Fire Related Closures Lifted in Preserve

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Date: June 8, 2007
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

As of Friday, June 8, 2007, Pedro Ramos, Acting Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, announced that all fire related closures within the Preserve have been removed. This allows visitors to once again access the entire Florida Trail within the Preserve boundaries, the Bear Island Unit, and areas of the Addition Lands north of Interstate 75.

All non-fire related closures remain in affect. This includes the annual 60 day recreational ORV access closure that was implemented on June, and will remain in affect through Thursday, August 2. Additionally some facilities within the Preserve remain closed for the slow summer season.

For more information on closures within the Preserve, click on the highlight to the right.

Fire activity related to the Big Cypress Complex Fires has been greatly reduced though Preserve fire staff continue monitoring and mop-up of fire areas.

Did You Know?

Hunters entering the Preserve on a swamp buggy. Photo courtesy of Jack Moller.

Big Cypress National Preserve was one of the first national preserves within the National Park System. As a preserve, Big Cypress manages for a broader range of recreational activities, including hunting and off-road vehicle access.