The National Park Service, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, is preparing a Backcountry Access Plan and associated Environmental Impact Statement for Big Cypress National Preserve. The purpose of this plan is to provide off-road vehicle (ORV) secondary trails, non-ORV trails, and a camping management approach that protects the Preserve's natural and cultural resources while providing for public enjoyment. The plan will also establish a permanent route for the Florida National Scenic Trail and other hiking opportunities. While this plan will be rooted in the 2000 Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan and 2010 General Management Plan/Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan for the Addition, there is a need to further clarify the Preserve's management approach as related to secondary trails, camping, and other backcountry opportunities.
Scott Pardue, 304 535-6026