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 »
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 »
preserve information meeting for landowners
Contact: Christine Clark, 239-695-1153
In a continuing effort to improve communication with landowners Big Cypress National Preserve staff will hold a meeting specifically for landowners at the Preserve Headquarters (located on U.S. 41 four miles east of S.R. 29) on Saturday, April 26 beginning at 1:00 pm.
There are over 300 privately held parcels within the Preserve. We hope to offer presentations on several topics of interest specifically to those who own property here at Big Cypress. Topics to be covered include the Land Protection Plan, and the new Questions and Answers for Landowners brochure; Qualifying for exemptions in the Preserve Addition; the 2007 Fire Season and camp protection; Ranger Activities; and Resource Management. Light refreshments will be served.
If you plan on attending, please r.s.v.p. to (239) 695-1105 with your name, camp number, phone number, and how many people you will bring to the meeting. If you have any questions related to this announcement please contact Christine Clark at (239) 695-1153.
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.