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Preserve Releases Finding of No Significant Impact on ORV Trail Heads and Turn Lanes Environmental Assessment

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Date: August 22, 2012
Contact: Damon Doumlele, 239-695-1158
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Superintendent Pedro Ramos announced today that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Off-road Vehicle (ORV) Designated Trail Head and Turn Lane Improvements Environmental Assessment (EA) has been signed by NPS Southeast Regional Director David Vela and is posted online.

The EA examined three alternatives in detail, addressed the environmental impacts of each, and identified a preferred alternative. The FONSI documents the NPS' choice of the preferred alternative as its selected alternative. This alternative will improve trail heads at Skillet Strand North and South, Monroe Station South, Sig Walker, Pace's Dike, and Boundary Line. Turn lanes will be constructed on U.S. 41 at Turner River Road, Burns Road, Skillet Strand, Monroe Station, and Oasis Visitor Center. The FONSI explains why the selected alternative will have no significant effects on the human environment. It is based on the EA and comments received from the public, agencies, and staff during the public review period, which concluded July 5, 2012. The FONSI summarizes the public comments, lists the responses to those comments, and identifies the changes to the text (errata) as a result of the comments.

The FONSI is posted on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment. Click here to open.

Did You Know?

Hunters entering the Preserve on a swamp buggy. Photo courtesy of Jack Moller.

Big Cypress National Preserve was one of the first national preserves within the National Park System. As a preserve, Big Cypress manages for a broader range of recreational activities, including hunting and off-road vehicle access.