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Big Cypress National Preserve - Addition, Draft General Management Plan/Wilderness Study, Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement - May 2009

The posted Draft General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan/ Environmental Impact Statement for the Addition includes detailed maps and narrative text that describe the alternatives.

• The no-action alternative describes a continuation of existing management and trends in the Addition. The Addition would remain closed to public recreational motorized use and motorized hunting. No wilderness would be proposed for designation.

• Alternative B would enable visitor participation in a wide variety of outdoor recreational experiences. About 48,919 acres of land would be proposed for wilderness designation, and up to 140 miles of sustainable ORV trails would be designated and phased in as part of the conceptual primary ORV trail network. Secondary ORV trails, as defined in the plan, could be designated in any of the backcountry recreation areas, approximately 94,817 acres or 65% of the Addition.

• The preferred alternative would provide diverse frontcountry and backcountry recreational opportunities, enhance day use and interpretive opportunities along road corridors, and enhance recreational opportunities with new facilities and services. About 85,862 acres of land would be proposed for wilderness designation, and up to 140 miles of sustainable ORV trails would be designated and phased in as part of the conceptual primary ORV trail network. Secondary ORV trails, as defined in the plan, could be designated only in the ORV trail corridors and other backcountry recreation areas, approximately 52,431 acres or 36% of the Addition.

• Alternative F would emphasize resource preservation, restoration, and research while providing recreational opportunities with limited facilities and support. This alternative would maximize the amount of land proposed for wilderness designation, about 111,601 acres or 76% of the Addition. No ORV use would be available under this alternative.
Comment Period: 07/10/2009 - 09/30/2009
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