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Big Cypress National Preserve

Traveler Special Report: Separating Oil And Water At Big Cypress National Preserve

A plan to crisscross 110 square miles of swampy landscape in a search for oil promises to test the National Park Service's ability to balance the unimpairment of resources with the "enjoyment of privately owned oil and gas interests" at Big Cypress National Preserve, a nearly three-quarters-of-a-million-acre wildland that nurtures endangered species and filters a good portion of the sheet of water that nourishes the "river of grass" on its way into neighboring Everglades National Park.
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National Park Service Approves Seismic Testing For Oil In Big Cypress National Preserve

In a move that baffled and angered national park advocates, the National Park Service has given the go-ahead for an oil company to explore for deposits beneath Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, even though the company's test of its equipment was judged "clearly a failure" by park observers.
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National Park Service Developing New Guidelines For Resource Stewardship

There is a collision, perhaps in slow motion, involving the National Park System. It's a collision of technology, of surrounding growth, of generational differences in how to experience nature. For the sake of the parks, how the National Park Service reacts to that collision arguably is more critical now than ever before in the first 100 years of the agency.
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U.S. Senator Calls For "Comprehensive" Review Of Proposal To Conduct Seismic Testing In Big Cypress National Preserve

A Texas company's hopes to conduct seismic testing with "thumper trucks" in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida might have been dashed by a U.S. senator's request that the Interior Department conduct a "comprehensive" review of the proposal.
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Preliminary Backcountry Access Plan For Big Cypress National Preserve Focuses On ORV Travel

Managers of Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, already criticized by conservationists for their approach towards off-road vehicles, would increase the miles of ORV trails under all but one of the preliminary alternatives in the preserve's draft backcountry access management plan while holding non-motorized trails somewhat static. The one that doesn't increase ORV use would preserve the status quo.
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