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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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Preserve Seeking Public Comments on Proposed Rehabilitation and Repair of Loop Road

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Date: February 26, 2010
Contact: Damon Doumlele, 239-695-1158
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

The National Park Service is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the rehabilitation and repair of approximately 16.5 miles of Loop Road to improve drainage, replace pavement, and repair damage caused by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Work will include replacing and installing additional culverts, raising some portions of the road, and replacing existing pavement. There will be no paving of gravel sections or changes in road width. Additional details can be found here.

As part of the EA scoping process, we are soliciting your comments concerning issues and alternatives you would like us to consider and your rationale for suggesting they be analyzed. Please submit your comments by March 25, 2010, either online at the above website or by mailing to Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141-1000.

Did You Know?

Alligator in the swamp.

Feeding alligators creates nuisance alligators. Every year alligators that have been fed by visitors begin to lose their fear of humans. If these animals become aggresive they are killed to ensure visitor safety. To avoid this tragic end for these unique animals DO NOT FEED THEM.