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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 »

Preserve Re-Opens Following Ernesto

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Date: August 31, 2006

With the passing of Tropical Storm Ernesto, Big Cypress National Preserve re-opens facilities and recreational backcountry access, effective today August 31, 2006.

For more information on facilities and recreational opportunities within the preserve, visit www.nps.gov/bicy, or call the Oasis Visitor Center at 239-695-1201.

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Mermaid sightings have been reported by sailors throughout history who often blamed the part-woman, part-fish beings for leading them astray. But folklore experts believe that what those sailors were seeing were not mermaids, but rather air-breathing manatees, or their dugong relatives. More...