Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Hunting

NRA Comments About Big Cypress National Preserve

Monday, January 9, 2006

Printer Friendly Version (PDF)

January 9, 2006

Pedro Ramos
Assistant Superintendent
Big Cypress National Preserve
33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141-1000

Dear Mr. Ramos:

On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of NRA members who live in Florida and have an abiding interest in the future management of the "Addition Lands," the NRA would like to go on the public comment record as supporting a management philosophy that enhances hunting, fishing and ORV use.

Alternatives B, C, D and E do seek to provide a mix of recreational opportunities, including hunting. But because hunting, fishing and motorized recreation are classified as Atraditional uses@ in the Big Cypress National Preserve, a final management plan needs to reflect the emphasis that has been given to them in law.

During Congressional consideration of the Big Cypress National Preserve Act, sportsmen supported acquisition of the Addition Lands into the Preserve because their interests were guaranteed to be reflected in the management of these lands. The irony is that all recreationists but sportsmen have had the ability to enjoy these lands. It is long past the time when this area should be opened to hunting and ORV use.

Of all the alternatives, Alternative F is completely unacceptable. Its management concept emphasizes preservation of native species, restoration of disturbed areas and research. While these concepts are laudable, as priority management objectives they would prevent the Addition Lands from being managed for the benefit of sportsmen and other recreationists which the law clearly states is a priority purpose of the lands. It is unclear how the Preserve could legally manage the Addition Lands under such a concept.

As an additional note, Alternative F states that the National Park Service will manage hunting seasons. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has the authority to manage seasons, bag limits and fees in the state and should retain that authority on the Addition Lands.

In summary, the final management plan for the Addition Lands needs to underscore the importance of providing recreational opportunities and access for the hunter, angler and ORV user.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Addition Lands General Management Plan. A hard copy of this letter will follow by mail.

Sincerely,

Susan Recce
Director
Conservation, Wildlife and Natural Resources
National Rifle Association

TRENDING NOW
SCOTUS Reverses and Remands Two NRA-ILA Backed Magazine Cases

News  

Thursday, June 30, 2022

SCOTUS Reverses and Remands Two NRA-ILA Backed Magazine Cases

One week after our landmark victory in NYSRPA v. Bruen, the Supreme Court issued orders in two other NRA-ILA backed cases. Those cases, ANJRPC v. Bruck and Duncan v. Bonta, challenge New Jersey and California laws that ban magazines capable ...

The Dominoes Begin to Fall: NJ Amends Permit Rules After Bruen

News  

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The Dominoes Begin to Fall: NJ Amends Permit Rules After Bruen

New Jersey’s acting Attorney General, Matthew J. Platkin, issued a directive “clarifying requirements for carrying firearms in public” a day after the historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in New York State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v. ...

California Leaks Personal Data of Carry Permit Holders

News  

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

California Leaks Personal Data of Carry Permit Holders

On Monday June 27, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the launch of the California Department of Justice (DOJ)’s Firearms Dashboard Portal. The data tool was designed to give granular firearm transaction and Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit ...

NRA Wins Supreme Court Case, NYSRPA v. Bruen

News  

Second Amendment  

Thursday, June 23, 2022

NRA Wins Supreme Court Case, NYSRPA v. Bruen

The National Rifle Association (NRA) welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen. The Court affirmed that the right to bear arms does not stop at a person’s front door. This is the most ...

Supreme Court Gets it Right, Congress Gets it Wrong

Friday, June 24, 2022

Supreme Court Gets it Right, Congress Gets it Wrong

On Thursday, SCOTUS released a historic decision in the NYSRPA v. Bruen case when they found the Second Amendment protects the right of law-abiding Americans to carry a firearm outside of the home. Despite the hysteria from ...

Delaware: Gun & Mag Bans Going to Gov. Carney

Friday, June 17, 2022

Delaware: Gun & Mag Bans Going to Gov. Carney

Last night, the House passed Senate Bill 6, to ban many standard capacity magazines in common use, sending it to Governor John Carney’s desk. The Senate passed House Bill 450, to ban many commonly-owned firearms, and ...

Delaware: General Assembly Passes Bills for Age Discrimination & Lawsuits Against Firearm Industry

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Delaware: General Assembly Passes Bills for Age Discrimination & Lawsuits Against Firearm Industry

Yesterday, the House voted 23-18 to pass Senate Bill 302 and the Senate voted 14-7 to pass House Bill 451. HB 451 then went back to the House, which voted 25-15 to concur. These two ...

Delaware: Senate Executive Committee Passes All Anti-Gun Bills

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Delaware: Senate Executive Committee Passes All Anti-Gun Bills

Today, the Senate Executive Committee passed all of the anti-gun bills before them. Yesterday, the House passed House Bill 423 by a vote of 40-0 and House Bill 451 by a vote of 27-13.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

California: Legislature Ignores SCOTUS and Continues to Push Gun Control

Monday, June 27, 2022

California: Legislature Ignores SCOTUS and Continues to Push Gun Control

Last week, the United States Supreme Court handed down a huge victory for gun owners, confirming what has been known all along: that the 2nd Amendment is not a second class right and should not be treated ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.