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Zone 4 Closure

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Date: April 8, 2011
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Beginning 12:01 a.m. Monday April 11, 2011 the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions.

This will begin the 60 day recreational off-road vehicle (ORV) closure for this management unit within the Preserve. Pending water levels, this unit will re-open to access by airboats on Friday, June 10, 2011.

All other management units within the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access remain open through Sunday, June 5, 2011. On Monday, June 6 the regularly scheduled 60 day ORV closure for these units will begin with ORVaccess being re-opened on Friday, August 5.

The Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan calls for a 60 seasonal closure to allow a period free from resource pressures related to ORV use. The ORV closure within Big Cypress National Preserve was first instituted in 2002.

Landowners, and their guests, that hold special use permits to access private properties within the Preserve will retain continued access to property along approved routes.

Zone 4 of the Stairsteps Unit of the Preserve allows for access via airboats only. The Bear Island, Turner River and Corn Dance Units, and Zones 2 and 3 of the Stairsteps Unit provide for access by specified, wheeled ORVs.

For information on other closures go here.

Did You Know?

Bear in a tree.

Many do not expect to see bears in Florida. Actually, we have a healthy population within the state. Big Cypress is one of their ideal habitats in Southwest Florida. If camping in the area, be sure to keep your camp "bear proof."