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Preserve to Hold Information Meeting for Landowners

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Date: November 9, 2007
Contact: Christine Clark, 239-695-1153
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Big Cypress National Preserve announces meeting for landowners to take place at the Preserve Headquarters, located on U.S. 41 four miles east of S.R. 29, on Saturday, November 17, 2007 beginning at 11:00 am.

There are over 250 privately held parcels within the Preserve. We hope to offer presentations on several topics of interest specifically to those who own property here at Big Cypress. Topics to be covered include the Land Protection Plan, and the new Questions and Answers for Landowners brochure; Qualifying for exemptions in the Preserve Addition; the 2007 Fire Season and camp protection; Ranger Activities; and Resource Management.

Superintendent Karen Gustin said " this is a great opportunity for people that own property within the Preserve to come out and learn about ongoing efforts, ask questions, and personally meet key staff members"

If you plan on attending, please r.s.v.p. to (239) 695-1105 with your name, camp number, phone number, and how many people you will bring to the meeting. If you have any questions related to this announcement please contact Christine Clark at (239) 695-1153.

Did You Know?

A great white heron scratches its neck. Notice the color of the legs.

The great white heron is very similar to the great white egret. However, look closely and you will see that the heron has yellow legs, while the egret has black legs. The great white heron is found only in south Florida in the United States. It can also be found on several caribbean islands.