Draft Floodplains Statement of Findings Released
Contact: Damon Doumlele, 239-695-1158
Big Cypress National Preserve Superintendent Pedro Ramos announced today that a draft Floodplain Statement of Findings has been prepared for the General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for the Big Cypress National Preserve Addition. The Addition was created in 1988. A draft general management plan was developed for these lands and was released to the public in July 2009. The "Statement of Findings" was prepared to comply with Executive Order 11988, "Floodplain Management", and the National Park Service (NPS) guidelines and policies for implementing the order.
The general management plan for the Addition includes a provision to retain three existing structures that are located in the 100-year floodplain at two sites within the Addition.
Carnestown site (southeast corner of S.R. 29 and U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail in Carnestown, FL)
Copeland site (east side S.R. 29 in Copeland, FL)
These three sites have been occupied and utilized for many years. Since the general management plan is recommending that they be retained and continue to be used, the National Park Service must prepare the "Statement of Findings" to be in compliance with the executive order and NPS management policies. The "Statement of Findings" describes the flood hazard, alternatives, and possible mitigation measures for the continued use of this area.
The draft "Statement of Findings" is available for public review and comment. The document can be viewed and commented on through the National Park Service’s on-line comment system, Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC). Comments can be entered electronically and are being accepted through June 4, 2010.
For your convenience, comments may be submitted online at the Internet address listed above or by writing to us at the following address:
National Park Service
For more information, please call (239) 695-1158
Did You Know?
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.