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Preserve Seeking Input on Future of Commercial Services

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Date: October 31, 2007
Contact: Christine Clark, 239-695-1153

Big Cypress National Preserve, a unit of the National Park Service, is seeking public input on the future of commercial services within the Preserve. The NPS is in the process of developing a Commercial Services Plan (CSP) which will outline future opportunities for establishing types and levels of commercial activities necessary and appropriate within the boundary of the original Preserve. Commercial Services in the Preserve Addition will not be addressed until the General Management Plan for that area is completed, in mid 2009.

Preserve planners have developed preliminary alternatives using NPS policy and public input received during the last public comment period, in June, 2006. A newsletter describing these preliminary alternatives can be found at - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/parkmgmt/commercial-services-plan.htm

A comment form and downloadable newsletter are also available at parkplanning.nps.gov by clicking on Plans/Documents Open for Comment, and choosing Big Cypress National Preserve. You may submit your comments directly on-line at this location. Mailed copies of the newsletter are available by calling 239-695-1103.

Comments will also be accepted by email at bicy_superintendent@nps.gov or by postal mail at Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail, East, Ochopee, FL 34141. All comments must be received by November 30, 2007.

The National Park Service will be hosting two open houses, and the public is welcome to attend throughout the evening to discuss the preliminary alternatives and to speak one-on-one with NPS staff. The open houses will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the following locations:

- Ochopee — November 7, 2007, Big Cypress National Preserve Headquarters Pavilion, 33100 Tamiami Trail, East

- Naples — November 8, 2007, Edison College, 7007 Lely Cultural Parkway, Holland Salley Auditorium

Comments received during this time will be used to further develop the draft alternatives, resulting in the Draft Commercial Services Plan and Environmental Assessment, which will be finalized released in early Spring 2008.

For additional information contact Christine Clark, Management Assistant at 239-695-1153.

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