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Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Beginning Monday March 23, 2009 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 ORV access by airboats on Friday, May 22, 2009.
All other management units within the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access remain open through Sunday, May 31, 2009. Beginning on Monday, June 1, 2009 these units will be closed for 60 days with access being re-opened on Friday, July 31, 2009.
The Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan calls for a sixty-day seasonal closure to allow a period free from resource pressures related to ORV use. The off-road vehicle closure within Big Cypress National Preserve was first instituted in 2002.
Landowners that hold special use permits to access their private properties within the Preserve will retain continued access to their 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 within the Preserve click here.