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 »
Report shows increase in human contact with Florida panthers
Contact: Layne Hamilton, FWS, 239-353-8442, ext. 227
Contact: Dani Moschella, FWC, 561-625-5122
Contact: Bob DeGross, NPS, 239-695-1107
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) today released the 2007 Interagency Florida Panther Response Team Report that summarizes human-panther interactions investigated by the Interagency Florida Panther Response Team between December 2003 and June 2007. The team includes biologists, law enforcement officers and other agency representatives from the USFWS, National Park Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). As more humans move into panther habitat, the potential for human-panther interactions increases. Therefore, the team developed a plan to promote public safety and panther conservation.
Reported interactions included panther sightings and encounters, including one involving a panther that was removed from the wild because it was deemed a potential threat, and multiple domestic animal depredations.
Additionally, the report summarizes outreach and educational efforts completed by the team, as well the work of partnering organizations and local government agencies, which provide the public with the information and tools needed to live and recreate in panther habitat. To view the report, visit http://www.fws.gov/verobeach or http://myfwc.com/panther/.
Did You Know?
Ervin T. Rouse (1917-1981) wrote one of the most popular fiddling tunes of all time..."Orange Blossom Special"...about the luxury train from Orlando to Miami. He was a resident of the Loop Road area and a friend of the Seminoles.