Hunting Management Plan/EA
The National Park Service has been in the process of developing a hunting management plan for Big Cypress National Preserve ("the Preserve") over the past year, in coordination with agency partners and the public. The Draft Hunting Management Plan / Environmental Assessment (EA) was released to the public for review and comment from March 7th through April 21st, 2012. The comments and suggestions received from agencies, organizations, and the public were taken into consideration by the NPS, and a Revised Hunting Management Plan / Draft EA was released to the public for review and comment from July 19th through August 24th, 2012. The comments and suggestions received from agencies, organizations, and the public have again been taken into consideration by the NPS. The document has been revised to incorporate many of the comments and suggestions received during the previous public comment period. The NPS has prepared a Second Revised Draft Hunting Management Plan / EA, which is posted for review and comment from December 21st, 2012 through February 14th, 2013.
The purpose of this action remains the same – "To develop a hunting management plan for the Big Cypress National Preserve / Wildlife Management Area that allows the superintendent of the Preserve to provide for hunting opportunities in the Preserve in a manner that is in the best interest of the Preserve's resources and the public, while meeting the requirements set forth by the NPS, the Preserve's enabling legislation, the NPS/FWC Cooperative Partnership Agreement, and all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations."
The alternatives for this plan are as follows:
Alternative 1 – No Action – Apply Current Management to the Addition - Under alternative 1 (no action), management of hunting in the entire Preserve would occur in accordance with the NPS/FWC Cooperative Partnership Agreement.
Alternative 2 – No Hunting in the Addition – Under alternative 2, current hunting management would continue within the original Preserve boundaries, using the guidance outlined in the NPS/FWC Cooperative Partnership Agreement. In the Addition, public hunting would be prohibited.
Alternative 3 – New Adaptive Management Strategy – Under alternative 3, the NPS and the FWC, in consultation with the USFWS, would cooperate to implement an adaptive management strategy to manage hunting in the Preserve.
Comments on this Second Revised Hunting Management Plan / Environmental Assessment are welcome and will be accepted for 45 days from its release. During the comment period, comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
NPS Website (preferred method) – Go to http://parkplanning.nps.gov and select Big Cypress National Preserve. Comments can be provided electronically via the online comment form.
Mail – Pedro Ramos, Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141-1000
Note: Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 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. Although 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.
Big Cypress National Preserve
33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, Florida 34141-1000