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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 2, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will begin. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. More »

  • Secondary Trail Closure

    Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days More »

  • Campground Closure

    All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. 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 »

New Deputy Superintendent to Begin Work at Preserve

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Date: June 15, 2009
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Superintendent Pedro Ramos has selected Mr. JD Lee as the new Deputy Superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve. Mr. Lee will begin work at the Preserve on 06/22/09.

"JD brings a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge to this assignment. With over two decades of experience and success in the NPS and personal knowledge of the Preserve, JD will immediately add value to the many ongoing efforts including the General Management Planning process and the implementation of our ORV Management Plan." stated Ramos.

Lee comes to the position from the National Park Service's Intermountain Region where he served as the regional Chief Ranger since 2006. Previously Lee worked at Gulf Islands National Seashore in northern Florida from 2003 - 2006 and at Big Cypress National Preserve from 1999 to 2003. He worked as the Chief Ranger at both park units and has been a National Park Service ranger for 22 years.

Lee and his family are looking forward to living and working in southwest Florida and the Preserve.

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.