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New USNPS plan would increase ORV access to Big Cypress NPres

Two decades after an off-road vehicle management plan was adopted for Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, the National Park Service continues to try to alter it to greatly expand ORV access in the preserve that provides vital habitat for more than two dozen species that carry either "endangered" or "threatened" status under the Endangered Species Act.

"It seems like the Park Service is at war with itself," Matthew Schwartz, executive director of the South Florida Wildlands Association, said Monday after the park released the Backcountry Access Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement. "This is exhausting. We thought they had given up on it.”

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