Currently there is fire activity within the Preserve. More »
Campfire Ban in Effect.
Due to severe fire conditions campfires restrictions are currently in place. More »
2013 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 8, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »
Beginning Monday, May 13 through Friday, August 16 camping will be available at the Midway Campground and the “loop” in the Bear Island Campground within Big Cypress National Preserve. All other established campgrounds will be closed. More »
Final Draft Commercial Services Plan Released for Public Comment
Contact: Christine Clark, 239-695-1153
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
The National Park Service (NPS) has recently completed preparation of a Final Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for implementation of a Commercial Service Plan in Big Cypress National Preserve. The final draft of the plan analyzes the effects of two action alternatives and a no-action alternative. The document is available for a final 30 day public comment period through January 24, 2009.
If you are interested in commenting on this Final Draft Commercial Services Plan, the EA can be viewed and commented upon at the NPS' Planning, Environment and Public Comment website by clicking here. If you have questions, you may contact Christine Clark, Management Assistant at 239-695-1153, or Christine_Clark@nps.gov.
This Final Draft Commercial Services Plan document was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations Parts 1500-1508, Department of the Interior Departmental Manual 516, and NPS Director’s Order No. 12 and Handbook. The EA analyzes the effects of three alternatives.
Once the plan is finalized and approved commercial services that meet guidelines within the preferred alternative will be analyzed as they are requested. If the requested service is deemed necessary and appropriate, and all other guidelines outlined in the plan are met, a permit to provide the commercial service would be granted. All facilities would be developed to be consistent with the management zone prescriptions established in the General Management Plan and other planning documents for the Preserve.
Did You Know?
There are few "big cypress" in Big Cypress National Preserve. The name comes from the great expanse of cypress forest, hundreds of thousands of acres, within the Big Cypress Swamp.