2014 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »
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 »
Turner River Closure
Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »
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 »
Environmental Assessment Open for Public Comment
Contact: Damon Doumlele, 239-695-1158
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida has recently completed a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the expansion of three tribal member camps in Big Cypress National Preserve. The Owen Billie, Joe Jimmie, and Rainey Jim camps are located off U.S. 41 and are proposed to be expanded to accommodate a new home and septic system at each camp. The expansion would result in the filling of 1.49 acres of wetlands, for which the Tribe would compensate by restoring 2.7 acres of previously filled wetlands elsewhere in the Preserve. The environmental effects of this alternative, along with the no action alternative, are analyzed in the EA.
The draft EA will available for public comment through February 23, 2010 and can be viewed, downloaded, and commented upon at the NPS' Planning, Environment and Public Comment website by clicking here.
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