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Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Contact: Damon Doumlele, 239-695-1158
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input on General Management Plan (GMP) / Wilderness Study/ Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan for the Big Cypress National Preserve Addition. The Addition is 146,000 acres of land that were added to the Preserve in 1988 by Public Law 100-301.
The National Park Service will be hosting three open houses in South Florida. These meetings are open houses format and the public is welcome to attend throughout the evening to discuss the preliminary alternatives with NPS staff. The open houses will be held from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the following locations:
- Naples — May 1, 2007, Edison College, 7007 Lely Cultural Parkway (Get Directions at MapQuest)
- Everglades City — May 2, 2007, Everglades City School, 415 School Drive (Get Directions at MapQuest)
- Weston — May 3, 2007, Weston Branch Library, 4205 Bonaventure Boulevard (Get Directions at MapQuest)
This plan will provide overall guidance on management of the Addition over the next 15-20 years. The National Park Service (NPS) published a set of preliminary alternatives in October 2005. Based on public comments received, we expanded the scope of the GMP to include a wilderness study and an off-road vehicle (ORV) management plan. In May 2006 we held three public meetings to collect additional information related to these topics. Based on comments received and field efforts by NPS staff, we have revised the preliminary alternatives to include wilderness and ORV management. A comment form and downloadable newsletter, which details the alternatives using full-color maps, are available at https://parkplanning.nps.gov by clicking on Plans/Documents Open for Comment and choosing Big Cypress National Preserve, Newsletter 5, April 2007. You may also submit your comments directly on-line. Mailed copies of the newsletter are available by calling 239-695-1103.
The open houses will provide opportunities to speak one-on-one with NPS staff. Comments will also be accepted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail at National Park Service, Denver Service Center, Big Cypress Planning Team, 12795 West Alameda Parkway, P.O. Box 25287, Denver, CO 80225-9901. All comments must be received by June 15 2007.