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 »
December 6 ORV Advisory Committee
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
The Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Advisory Committee (ORVAC) will meet at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141 from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, December 6.
Members of the committee include Franklin Adams; John Adornato; Robin Barnes; Jim Coletta; Brad Cornell; David Denham; Edwin Everham; Manley Fuller; Jorge Gutierrez; Karl Greer; Chuck Hampton; Wayne Jenkins; Laurie Macdonald; Barbara Jean Powell; Jenny Richards; Dennis Wilson and, Curt Witthoff.
For more details about the ORVAC, meeting agendas and minutes, or to submit agenda items at - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/parkmgmt/orv-advisory-committee.htm. Comments and requests may also be submitted in writing to - Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141, Attn: ORV Advisory Committee.
The ORV 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 ORVs within the Preserve.
The establishment of the Committee fulfills the National Park Service's policy of civic engagement. It is envisioned that the committee will strengthen the relationship that the NPS has with its partners and communities. The Committee will be comprised of individuals that represent (1) sportsmen / ORV users; (2) landowners; (3) academia; (4) environmental advocates; (5) the State government, and (6) tribal governments.
Did You Know?
HP Williams and Oasis Visitor Center are popular places to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically January-May. Do not feed or approach wildlife.