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 Seeking Public Comments on Proposed Trail Heads and Turn Lanes
Contact: Damon Doumlele, 239-695-1158
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to develop eight off-road vehicle trail heads/access points throughout the Preserve and five turn lanes off U.S. 41. The trail heads are located at Turner River Road North, Windmill Tram, Skillet Strand North/ South, Monroe Station, Sig Walker, Pace’s Dike, and Boundary Line. Turn lanes would be located at Turner River Road, Burns Road, Skillet Strand, Monroe Station, and Oasis. Improvements at trail head locations would include aggregate parking surface for trailer and/or auto parking, single vault toilet, refuse containers, information boards, signage, gates, backcountry permit stations, sodding, and/or planting. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the NPS is initiating work on an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate potential impacts of the proposed project.
The NPS will hold a public scoping meeting on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center auditorium off U.S. 41 about 2.5 miles east of the State Road 29 intersection. Information will be provided regarding details of the proposal, and staff will be available to answer questions. The meeting will be held in an "open house" format. There will be a short introductory presentation at the beginning of the meeting, but the public is invited to visit at any point during the scheduled time to review materials and provide comments.
The Preserve is inviting public comments regarding potential issues and concerns that should be considered during the planning process. Comments can be provided at the meeting, by mail, or on-line. Before including an address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Comments by mail may be sent to: Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141-1000. Comments may also be made on-line at the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website by clicking here.
Scoping comments are requested by March 15, 2011. Once the scoping period concludes, all comments submitted will be considered in the development of the alternatives and the EA. The public, agencies, and other interested parties will have an opportunity to review and comment on the EA.
We appreciate your input on this project.
Did You Know?
Do not feed wildlife within the preserve. A "fed bear is a dead bear." This bear was fed and eventually became a threat to visitor safety. Nuisance wildlife is sometimes removed, but typically does not survive.