The country’s first national preserve, Big Cypress protects 729,000 acres of wetlands that flow clean water across the Greater Everglades ecosystem, into Everglades National Park, and into the vital estuaries along Florida’s southwest coast. Big Cypress is remarkable for its temperate and tropical mixture of species found across five major habitats: cypress swamps, marl prairies, pinelands, hardwood hammocks and estuaries including tidal marshes and mangrove forests. Explore hiking and paddling trails among these habitats that are home to more than 100 endangered and threatened animals and plants such as the Florida panther, the American alligator, and the famed ghost orchid. The preserve is also home to diverse species of flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth, from the Florida bonneted bat to the Big Cypress fox squirrel to Everglades crabgrass.
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NPCA at Work Don’t Put Endangered Wildlife at Risk to Drill Big Cypress A private energy development company wants to conduct seismic testing on 70,000 acres within Big Cypress National Preserve for oil and gas development — paving the way for drilling to begin on an unprecedented scale on national park land.
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Podcast Episode Below the Surface An unusual predicament is pitting private oil rights against one of the world’s most treasured places. Could the National Park Service allow a private energy company to build oil wells in the Everglades?
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Regional Events Park Talks Join our NPCA community for virtual "Park Talks" to learn about our work and ways you can get involved.
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Press Release Burnett Oil Seeking to Drill in Big Cypress National Preserve, Part of America’s Everglades The preserve has not even begun to heal from the severe impacts of Burnett’s last hunt for oil. NPCA and partners vehemently oppose this new effort to create more destructive oil development in Big Cypress.
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Resource Climate Change and Florida’s National Parks Florida is among the most climate change-threatened states in the United States. Florida’s treasured national parks—spanning the Greater Everglades ecosystem northward into Gulf Islands National Seashore and beyond—are being impacted by our changing climate.
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Blog Post 9 Not-So-Cute Endangered Animals That Live in Our Parks Celebrate Endangered Species Day with these curious critters
Read more about Army Corps Backtracks on Clean Water Act Protections for Big Cypress National Preserve
Press Release Army Corps Backtracks on Clean Water Act Protections for Big Cypress National Preserve The National Parks Conservation Association joins fellow environmental advocates in expressing concern over this unsubstantiated flip-flop and calling for answers to many questions that the Army Corps’ reversal letter has raised.
Read more about Army Corps Finds Significant Damage in Big Cypress National Preserve After NPS Green Lights Oil and Gas Exploration
Press Release Army Corps Finds Significant Damage in Big Cypress National Preserve After NPS Green Lights Oil and Gas Exploration Heavy machinery left deep scars across more than one hundred miles of this priceless landscape, creating unnatural channels across iconic wetlands in America’s Greater Everglades ecosystem.
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Blog Post Urban Stargazing: See More of the Universe at Night Longer nights and clearer skies during winter make it an ideal season for stargazing, and fortunately, some national parks offer dark skies near major urban areas.
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Blog Post The 12 Parks Most Threatened by Oil & Gas Drilling Oil and gas development threatens the future of national parks. NPCA's new report, “Spoiled Parks,” highlights what we stand to lose in the face of the current administration's energy policies.
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Press Release Spoiled Parks: Top 12 National Parks Threatened by Trump Administration's Energy Agenda Spoiled Parks explores how current leasing policies have scarred landscapes and threaten future harm to clean air, cultural heritage, wildlife and tourism economies.
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Magazine Article Victorious! 21 conservation triumphs from the past 100 years.
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Magazine Article Saving the Panther The Florida panther was going to die out. Then conservationists dreamed up a daring rescue operation.
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Blog Post Video: Oil Trucks Mow Down Trees at National Preserve NPCA's staff and partners were appalled to learn of the conditions inside Big Cypress.
Read more about 30 Biologists Oppose Seismic Testing Plan for Big Cypress
Letter 30 Biologists Oppose Seismic Testing Plan for Big Cypress 30 biologists from universities and organizations throughout Florida and the Southeast sent a letter to Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell asking her to reject a seismic testing plan that would put 70,000 acres of the park at risk, including habitat for the critically endangered Florida panther.