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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 »

NPS Seeking Comments on Proposed U.S. 41 Turn Lane at Seagrape Drive

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Date: December 10, 2007
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

The National Park Service (NPS) is in the process of constructing the Tamiami Trail Welcome Center located on U.S. Highway 41 near the west entrance to Big Cypress National Preserve, Collier County, Florida. The impacts of the project were assessed in an Environmental Assessment (EA), which was released for a 30-day public review period ending September 22, 2003. A Finding of No Significant Impact was signed on February 6, 2004.

The EA included analysis of a proposed right turn lane from U.S. 41 onto Sea Grape Drive associated with the preferred alternative. The EA analysis indicated no impacts to wetland resources associated with the construction of the right turn lane. Subsequent requirements by the Florida Department of Transportation include the construction of a left turn lane onto Sea Grape Drive for westbound traffic on U.S. 41 in lieu of the right turn lane. The construction of the left turn lane will necessitate widening of the road. More detailed design has indicated that construction of the median will result in minor impacts to wetlands located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Sea Grape Drive and U.S. 41.

This draft Statement of Findings has been prepared to comply with NPS Director’s Order #77-1, which requires such statement to be prepared to document why an alternative with such impacts was chosen and to meet the other requirements identified in the procedural manual for protection of wetlands (NPS Procedural Manual #77-1: Wetland Protection 1998).

The public comment period closes on January 15, 2008. Comments on the Statement of Findings may be submitted on the Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov or mailed to Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141-1000.

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