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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Secondary Trail Closure

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

  • October 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 Tuesday, October 7. More »

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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.

May 27, 2014
Finding of No Significant Impact Signed Related to Hunting Management Plan Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service (NPS) has selected alternative 3 of the Hunting Management Plan Environmental Assessment for implementation. Under the selected alternative, the NPS and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in consultation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), will cooperate to implement an adaptive management strategy to manage hunting in the Preserve.

May 23, 2014
2014 Annual ORV Closure
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 2, the regularly scheduled 60-day ORV closure for management units within the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will be implemented. This closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1.

May 22, 2014
Art of the Swamp at Big Cypress Visitor Centers
Even during the humid months of summer there is much to see and do at Big Cypress National Preserve. Stop by our visitor center auditoriums to take in the beauty of big cypress-while indoors!

May 08, 2014
Winners Announced In Second Annual Big Cypress Poetry Contest
In honor of National Poetry Month, Big Cypress National Preserve held its second annual poetry contest during the month of April.

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.

November 14, 2013
Ranger-led Activity Schedule, 2013-2014
Get out and Explore! Enhance your understanding and enjoyment of Big Cypress National Preserve by taking part in a ranger-led program.

November 14, 2013
Artist-In-Residence Artist Demonstration
On November 16, 2013, current Artist-In-Residence Anna Marie Pavlik, will hold a printmaking, etching and stratography demonstrating her medium and techniques.

Did You Know?

A purple galinule walking along spadder dock.

The purple galinule though one of the most colorful birds in Big Cypress, is often well camouflaged. Look carefully along canal edges and gator holes for this beautiful bird. Many of the surrounding colors blend well with the birds feathers.