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July ORV Advisory Comm Meeting Canceled

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Date: July 9, 2009

The ORV Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 21, 2009 in Everglades City from 3:30 - 8:30 p.m., has been canceled. Subsequent meetings of the advisory committee remain on the calendar. They are set on September 15 and December 1. For more details on up-coming meetings click here.

The ORV Advisory Committee was established pursuant to the Preserve's 2000 Recreational Off-road Vehicle Management Plan and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 to examine issues and make recommendations regarding the management of ORVs within the Preserve.

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