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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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Loop Road Re-opened

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Date: November 13, 2008
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Due to water levels subsiding the Loop Road within Big Cypress National Preserve will re-open as of Friday, November 14. Visitors to the area should be aware that recent flooding has left the road in poor condition. Those driving the road should use caution, a high clearance vehicle is recommended.

The National Park Service will be undertaking repair work along the road to maintain the roadbed and the character of the roadway. This work is anticipated to take place throughout 2009.

Did You Know?

A great white heron scratches its neck. Notice the color of the legs.

The great white heron is very similar to the great white egret. However, look closely and you will see that the heron has yellow legs, while the egret has black legs. The great white heron is found only in south Florida in the United States. It can also be found on several caribbean islands.