Secondary Trail Closure
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 »
Fire Crews Prepare for 2014 Prescribed Fire Season
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Natural lightning fires were a regular feature of the land long before the development of roads and human settlements. Natural plant communities found in south Florida evolved to depend on fire for reproduction and overall health.
Recognizing the value of fire in the ecosystem, national preserve managers use prescribed burning to not only protect property and maintain human safety, but also to maintain the natural processes fire dependent communities rely on.
Big Cypress National Preserve anticipates burning approximately 20,000 acres in 2014, and potentially more, as conditions and funding allow.
There are four areas Big Cypress will be focusing on in the coming year:
Implementation of burn operations is dependent upon a variety of conditions. The above are goals that the National Park Service aims to achieve during the prescribed fire season, which in Florida is typically from October through April. For more information on the fire program at Big Cypress and current fire activity, go to - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/
Private property owners within the national preserve are encouraged to maintain a defensible fire perimeter around their structures. For more information on the Florida State Forest Service "Firewise" program go to - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/
For more information about the role prescribed fires play at Big Cypress, please click here.
Big Cypress National Preserve has one of the largest prescribed burning program in the National Park System, typically burning more than 60,000 acres, annually.
Did You Know?
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.