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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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March Meeting of the Big Cypress ORV Advisory Committee

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Date: March 20, 2009
Contact: Damon Doumlele, 239-695-1103

The Big Cypress National Preserve ORV Advisory Committee will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 beginning at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Preserve Headquarters Pavilion located at 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida.

The meeting will be open to the public, and time will be reserved for public comment.

Written comments for Advisory Committee consideration may be sent to: Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141–1000, Attn: ORV Advisory Committee. You may also submit suggestions for discussion topics by clicking here. Further information, including the meeting agenda and other pertinent read-ahead material, can be linked to from this site as well, or contact Preserve staff at 239-695-1103.

Future meetings and locations are scheduled for:

Tuesday, May 19, 3:30 – 8:00 p.m., Everglades City Community Center

Tuesday, July 21, 3:30 – 8:00 p.m., Everglades City Community Center

Tuesday, September 15, 3:30 – 8:00 p.m., Everglades City Community Center

Tuesday, December 1, 3:30 – 8:00 p.m., Big Cypress National Preserve Headquarters

Future press releases will be sent as meeting dates approach.

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.

Did You Know?

Hunters entering the Preserve on a swamp buggy. Photo courtesy of Jack Moller.

Big Cypress National Preserve was one of the first national preserves within the National Park System. As a preserve, Big Cypress manages for a broader range of recreational activities, including hunting and off-road vehicle access.