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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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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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Did You Know?

Alligator in the swamp.

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.