|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||December 3, 2002|
|Contact:||Mary Munson NPCA, 954-926-6327, email@example.com|
Statement of Mary Munson on Consent Agreement for Big Cypress Trail Plan
NPCA's overriding concern for the preserve is the damage that giant swamp buggies and all-terrain vehicles are causing right now as they tear up the rest of Big Cypress. These machines are allowed 'dispersed use' - in other words, the run of the preserve - until the new trail system is constructed. The consent agreement limits destruction by these monster trucks and three-wheelers. This limitation will clear the way for restoring the rest of the preserve's ecological integrity. Anyone who cares about the park and its health can now breath a sigh of relief.
This long-awaited agreement signals the beginning of the end for unmanaged off-road-vehicle use in Big Cypress. Much of the 22,000 miles of ruts and scars caused by past overuse can now be restored.