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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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    As part of a settlement agreement with plaintiffs related to the designation of secondary off-road vehicle trails all secondary ORV trails are closed until further environmental review and analysis can be completed. More »

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    The National Park Service (NPS) at Big Cypress National Preserve has canceled the previously scheduled Off-road Vehicle (ORV) Advisory Committee (ORVAC) meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, October 7. More »

May 2009 meeting of the orv advisory committee

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Date: May 8, 2009
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

The Big Cypress National Preserve ORV Advisory Committee will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 3:30 – 8:00 p.m., at the Everglades City Community Center, 205 Buckner Avenue, Everglades City, 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, 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?

Alligator in the swamp.

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.