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Hunting Management Plan / Environmental Assessment, Draft, Mar. 7, 2012

The purpose of this action is 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.

Alternatives included in 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 – Minimum Management – 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 (Preferred Alternative) – 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.
Comment Period: Closed        03/07/2012 - 04/21/2012
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