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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 2, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will begin. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. More »

  • Secondary Trail Closure

    Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days More »

  • Campground Closure

    All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. 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 »

Preserve Seeking Backcountry Volunteers

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Date: May 20, 2010
Contact: Isobel Kalafarski, 239-695-4758
Contact: MaryJo Shreffler, 239-695-1117
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Big Cypress National Preserve is seeking people interested in assisting visitors in the backcountry. These Backcountry Volunteers will be trained in the use of Off-Road Vehicles (ORV) and will travel along backcountry trails that allow for ORV use assisting and educating visitors as needed. Volunteers will also perform minor trail maintenance and identify major trail issues that need to be addressed.

We are seeking applicants from the local area that are willing to volunteer one or two weekend days per month. Candidates should be customer service oriented, enjoy the outdoors, have a basic understanding of backcountry travel and be a good team player. Prior knowledge of Big Cypress trails and ORVs is beneficial, but not necessary. To become part of the program, a short training commitment will be required.

Volunteers will travel in teams while in the backcountry using National Park Service provided swamp buggies, ATVs, or UTVs and will be required to wear a volunteer uniform.

The goal of the program is to increase the ability of the NPS to contact, assist and educate visitors in the Preserve backcountry, assist with minor trail maintenance as needed and aid in the monitoring of the backcountry trail system.

Interested parties may find a more detailed description of the program requirements here.

You may apply on-line for this volunteer opportunity here.

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.