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 »
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 »
Prescribed Fire Activity 11/30 and 12/1
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Big Cypress National Preserve will be conducting prescribed fires within the Turner River Unit on 11/30 and 12/1. The operation will take place east of Concho Billie Trail and north of Mud Lake and Mud Lake Bypass Trails.
Today, 11/30, crews will be securing fire lines and structures within the proposed burn area. On Thursday, 12/1 aerial ignition will be used while crews maintain the defined parameters of the fire.
Smoke dispersion is expected to be good with little to no effect on local communities or roadways. The operation will take place in dwarf cypress and pineland communities and is within a 7,000 acre perimeter.
To view a map of the project area click here.
Did You Know?
Before Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States designated Big Cypress as the country's first national preserve, in 1974, he worked as a National Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park, in 1936. He was the only US President to have worked for the National Park Service.