2015 Zone 4 Closure

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Date: February 9, 2015
Contact: Ardrianna Mclane, 239-695-1107

Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, February 16, 2015, 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, April 17, 2015.

All other management units within the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access remain open through Sunday, May 31, 2015. On Monday, June 1, the regularly scheduled 60-day ORV closure for these units will begin with ORV access being re-opened on Friday, July 31.

The Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan calls for a 60-day 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 national 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. 

Last updated: July 2, 2017

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