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    Big Cypress

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January 09, 2015
January/February Planned "Loop Road Prairie" Prescribed Fire
If conditions are met and remain favorable Big Cypress National Preserve is planning to conduct the “Loop Road Prairie” prescribed fire operation within the Loop Unit of the preserve between mid-January and late February, 2015. The Loop Unit is located south of US-41 and northeast of the Loop Road. This operation will take place in the eastern portion of the unit.

January 08, 2015
Preserve/Refuge to Prepare Joint Fire Management Plan Environmental Assessment
The managers of Big Cypress National Preserve and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge are jointly preparing an Environmental Assessment in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act for the proposed updates to their Fire Management Plans.

January 07, 2015
Pedro Ramos Selected as New Superintendent for Everglades & Dry Tortugas National Parks
Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin announced that Pedro Ramos has been selected as superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks, in Florida. Ramos has been serving as superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve since January 2009. Pedro Ramos will begin his new assignment in mid-January.

December 01, 2014
2015 Off-Road Vehicle Permits
On Friday, December 19, 2014, the 2015 off-road vehicle permits for Big Cypress National Preserve will be available for purchase at the Off-Road Vehicle Office, located at Oasis Visitor Center. Permits are valid from the date of purchase, through January 31, 2016. A total of 2,000 permits will be available during the permit period.

November 26, 2014
New Season of SWAMP programs begins for Sixth-Grade Students in Collier County
A new season of environmental education programs for sixth-grade students in Collier County has begun with student field trips to the Big Cypress National Preserve scheduled from now through the end of March.

November 19, 2014
Local Singer/Songwriter JJ McCoy and Band Perform at Big Cypress Birthday Bash
Local country music artist JJ McCoy and the JJ McCoy Band bring their distinctive sound to the Big Cypress Birthday Bash on Friday December 5 at the Collier County Museum in Naples to kickoff a two-day celebration marking the 40th anniversary of the Big Cypress National Preserve.

November 10, 2014
Celebrate Big Cypress National Preserve 40th Anniversary at two events in December
In 1974, Congress established Big Cypress National Preserve as America's first national preserve. The area was saved through a grassroots effort by many to halt the construction of a massive jetport project, ensuring that the Big Cypress Swamp would be protected and enjoyed for generations. Join the National Park Service and our partners on December 5-6, to celebrate this special place.

September 23, 2014
Secondary Trails to Remain Closed and Further Evaluated Through Planning Process
As part of a settlement agreement with plaintiffs related to the designation of secondary off-road vehicle trails within Big Cypress National Preserve, the National Park Service will leave all secondary off-road vehicle trails closed until further environmental review and analysis can be completed.

September 22, 2014
October 2014, 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 October 7.

September 19, 2014
New Online Off-Road Vehicle Training Course Available
Effective September 19, 2014, Big Cypress National Preserve will offer an online opportunity for visitors to complete the off-road vehicle operator course. Since 2000, visitors have been required to take a training course, in person at the off-road vehicle office, during office hours.

September 12, 2014
Wilderness Eligibility Assessment initiated for Big Cypress National Preserve
Superintendent Pedro Ramos announced today that Big Cypress National Preserve will initiate a wilderness eligibility assessment for all lands in the original Preserve as a part of the backcountry access plan and Environmental Impact Statement being prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

September 08, 2014
Preserve Releases FONSI on Copeland Prairie Mitigation Plan
Superintendent Pedro Ramos announced today that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Copeland Prairie Mitigation Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) has been signed by National Park Service (NPS) Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin and is posted online.

September 03, 2014
Big Cypress Now Accepting Applications for 2015-2016 Artist-In-Residence Program
The Artist-In-Residence Program at Big Cypress National Preserve offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the national preserve's inspiring landscape.

July 30, 2014
"Another Path" Art Exhibition
Another Path artist exhibition showcases Tom Weinkle’s inspired work while he was an Artist-In-Residence at Big Cypress for five weeks during January and February 2012.

July 28, 2014
Off-Road Vehicle Trails Open Following 2014 60-Day Closure
Off-road vehicle (ORV) use for swamp buggies, street legal 4x4s, ATVs, and UTVs will resume within Big Cypress National Preserve on Friday, August 1, 2014. This will mark the end of the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure. When the 60-day closure is lifted 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.

July 22, 2014
Tourism to South Florida National Parks Creates $206 Million in Economic Benefits and Over 2,700 Jobs
A new National Park Service report shows that over two and a half million visitors to the national parks in South Florida, spent $206 million last year in surrounding communities. That spending supported over 2,700 jobs in South Florida. The report shows numbers specific to Big Cypress National Preserve included a total of 1,007,789 visitors that spent an estimated $75,954,700 in South Florida communities and created approximately 997 jobs.

July 21, 2014
Turner River Paddle Route and Zone 4 Airboat Access Open Today
Water levels within Big Cypress National Preserve have rebounded to allow for canoe/kayak access along the Turner River and airboat access into Zone 4 of the Stairsteps Unit. Access to both areas of the Preserve will resume as of today, Monday, July 21, 2014.

March 05, 2014
Turner River Closure Due to Low Water Levels
Effective close of business March 10, 2014, Turner River canoe launch will be closed to all activities due to low water levels.

February 28, 2014
Second Annual Poetry Contest Announced
April is National Poetry Month and what better way to celebrate than with a poetry contest?

February 19, 2014
Artists Selected for the 2014-2015 Artist-In-Residence Program
Five talented artists have been selected for the 2014-2015 Artist-In-Residence program.

February 10, 2014
Artist-In-Residence Artist Demonstration, with Ramona Maziarz
On February 14, 2014, current Artist-In-Residence Ramona Maziarz, will hold a pen and ink workshop demonstrating her medium and techniques.

January 21, 2014
Turner River Travel Advisory Due to Low Water
Effective close of business January 20, 2014, Turner River canoe launch will be closed to commercial operations and ranger-led activities due to receding water levels.

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