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Contact: Ardrianna McLane, 786-650-9700
Ochopee – Effective noon on September 6th, Big Cypress National Preserve visitor centers and administrative facilities will be closed in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Irma. Recreational use, including backcountry trails, campgrounds, and hunting access into the preserve will close at noon on September 6th. If the track or speed of the storm changes, the backcountry and hunting closures may change.
Visitors planning to access the backcountry prior to the closure should stay advised of weather conditions and be prepared to leave if conditions worsen. Please allow extra time to depart from the backcountry and evacuate the area during inclement weather.
Once a closure is in effect, it will remain in place until the National Park Service assesses storm damage, or the threat of Hurricane Irma has passed. Hunting will be closed until the National Park Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission concurs that areas are safe to reopen. Recorded updates will be posted on the following preserve telephone numbers: 239-695-1201 or 239-695-2000.
For more information about Big Cypress National Preserve visit nps.gov/bicy or follow the park on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at “BigCypressnps.”