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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 2014 Zone 4 Closure

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »

  • Turner River Closure

    Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »

  • Campground Closure

    Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. 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 »

Landowners Meeting Specific to Preserve Addition

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Date: April 4, 2012
Contact: Christine Clark, 239-695-1153

In a continuing effort for open communication with landowners within the legislative boundaries of Big Cypress National Preserve, National Park Service staff will hold a meeting at the Big Cypress Sanctuary Airstrip (located in the Big Cypress Addition) on Monday evening, April 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

There are over 200 privately held parcels within the Addition of the Preserve. We hope to offer presentations on several topics of interest specifically to those who own property within the Big Cypress Addition. A variety of topics related to Preserve management will be covered, including implementation of the Preserve's Addition General Management Plan, the Hunt Management Plan, and the ORV Management Plan. Other topics will include the access point at Mile Marker 51 on Interstate 75, and the qualification process for Addition Landowners.

Did You Know?

Many large trees that did exist were harvested in the early 1900s.

There are few "big cypress" in Big Cypress National Preserve. The name actually refers to the great expanse of cypress forest, hundreds of thousands of acres, within the Big Cypress Swamp.