Big Cypress National Preserve GMP Addition Lands
I am very pleased to announce the release of the Final General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for the Addition. It is the culmination of a great deal of time, effort, energy, and input from members of the public; American Indian tribes; other federal, state, and local agencies; and the National Park Service. Please take some time to look it over.
The 147,000 acres of the Addition were added to the Preserve in 1988 but were not included in the planning process for the 1991 General Management Plan, which covered only the original Preserve. The planning effort for the Addition began in 1999, and a Draft General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement was issued in July 2009.
The Final General Management Plan for the Addition includes a preferred alternative that is representative of the extensive civic engagement we all participated in over the past 10 years and follows the intent of the Preserve's enabling legislation. It provides for strong natural and cultural resource protection of this very special resource while at the same time providing for a diversity of recreational opportunities. The National Park Service values the public's interest in continuing to enjoy a meaningful connection with the Preserve, and we look forward to implementing this plan with your support and in the spirit of partnership.
The National Park Service will soon prepare and execute its "Record of Decision" (ROD) for this project, which will be published in the Federal Register.
On behalf of the entire National Park Service family, please accept our most sincere gratitude for your commitment and dedication to this process over the past 10 years. It is time now to come together in the work ahead to implement the plan!
Big Cypress National Preserve