Secondary Trail Closure
As part of a settlement agreement with plaintiffs related to the designation of secondary off-road vehicle trails, all secondary off-road vehicle trails are closed until further environmental review and analysis can be completed. More »
October Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled
The National Park Service at Big Cypress National Preserve has cancelled the off-road Vehicle Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, October 7. More »
Loop Road Environmental Assessment
Contact: Damon Doumlele, 239-695-1158
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
The National Park Service (NPS) has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the rehabilitation and repair of approximately 16.53 miles of Loop Road within Big Cypress National Preserve. The proposed project area includes approximately 5 miles of paved and 11.53 miles of gravel road. This road provides access to the Everglades Environmental Education Center and is used by many visitors each year. The road is also the only access route for some Preserve inholders.
Loop Road has been in disrepair for approximately 5 years and the National Park Service is pleased to be getting close to the completion of the planning, design, and compliance phase required prior to commencing a project like this. The EA describes a no-action and a preferred alternative. Under the no-action alternative, no repairs would be made, whereas the preferred alternative would involve repairing washed-out sections, replacing existing pavement, installing new culverts, and replacing damaged culverts. There would be no paving of gravel sections or changes in road width. The proposed actions for the entire 16.53-mile project would take place within the previously disturbed roadway area.
The EA is available for review at the NPS Planning, Environment, & Public Comment website (click here). You may submit your comments on the website or mail them to Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141-1000. Comments will be accepted through October 22, 2010.
Did You Know?
Feeding alligators creates nuisance alligators. Every year alligators that have been fed by visitors begin to lose their fear of humans. If these animals become aggresive they are killed to ensure visitor safety. To avoid this tragic end for these unique animals DO NOT FEED THEM.