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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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    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 »

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    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 »

Environmental Assessment Open for Public Comment

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Date: January 12, 2010
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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