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Big Cypress National Preserve
An alligator sunning itself along the banks of a canal, north of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) and just west of the Big Cypress National Preserve Visitor Center.  Courtesy of USGS.
The Land Acquisition Section secured sites for the creation and subsequent expansions of Big Cypress National Preserve. Covering almost 1,200 square miles, the Preserve was established by Congress in 1974 because it plays a crucial ecological role as the northern watershed for Everglades National Park.

Big Cypress National Preserve website

Did you know? The preserve is home to nine endangered species, including the West Indian Manatee, the eastern indigo snake, and the Florida Sandhill Crane.


Last Updated: October 2010