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Contact: Jordan McKnight, 239-695-9280 ext. 103
Contact: Cass Palmer, 239-657-7637 ext. 30
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
The managers of Big Cypress National Preserve (BICY) and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge (FPNWR) are jointly preparing an environmental assessment (EA) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act for the proposed updates to their Fire Management Plans (FMPs).
Considering the proximity of each management area and the similarity of resources and issues, the agencies feel that completing a joint EA will be more efficient and cost effective. This EA will analyze the environmental impacts of proposed updates and changes in fire management strategies, fire terminology, management of threatened and endangered species, and fuel loading that has occurred since the existing FMPs were approved.
The agencies have prepared a scoping brochure that gives project details and describes two alternatives for fire management. We are interested in your suggestions as to any issues and additional alternatives that you feel should be addressed in the EA. A public scoping meeting at which you may ask questions to agency staff and submit written comments is scheduled for 5:00-7:00 pm, January 21, 2015, at:
Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center
33000 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, Florida 34141
You can review and comment on the scoping brochure, and review the current fire management plans at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/fmp. Alternatively, you may mail comments to:
Big Cypress National Preserve
33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141-1000
Or please hand-deliver written comments to the BICY or FPNWR offices. Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
All comments must be received by February 27, 2015.