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Release of Draft Wetlands Statement of Findings

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Date: July 22, 2013
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Contact: Damon Doumlele, 239-695-1158

Big Cypress National Preserve Superintendent Pedro Ramos announced today that a draft Wetlands Statement of Findings has been prepared as one of the steps necessary to implement a designated off-road vehicle (ORV) trail system in the Big Cypress National Preserve Addition. The trail system will include approximately 130 miles of primary trails that have been in place since before the National Park Service (NPS) acquired the Addition. Some of the trails are located in wetlands, and concentrated use of the trails will require stabilization by deposition of fill in some locations in order to sustain use. The draft Wetlands Statement of Findings documents the measures taken by the NPS to avoid wetlands, minimize unavoidable wetland impacts, and compensate for those impacts.

The draft Wetlands Statement of Findings is available for public review and comment, click here. Comments can be entered electronically and will be accepted through August 21, 2013.  Comments may also be mailed to Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141-1000.

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.

For more information, please call (239) 695-1158.

Did You Know?

Alligator in the swamp.

HP Williams and Oasis Visitor Center are popular places to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically January-May. Do not feed or approach wildlife.