Notice of Renewal of Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road
Vehicle Advisory Committee Charter
AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of renewal of the big cypress national preserve off-road
vehicle advisory committee.
SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior is giving notice of renewal of
the Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee
to offer recommendations, alternatives and possible solutions to
management of off-road vehicles at Big Cypress National Preserve.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pedro Ramos, Superintendent, Big
Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail E, Ochopee, Florida
34141; (239) 695-1103.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road
Vehicle Advisory Committee has been established as directed in the Off-
Road Vehicle Management Plan, 2000. This plan guides the National Park
Service in its management of recreational off-road vehicle (ORV) use in
National Preserve, and tiers off of the Preserve's 1991 General
Management Plan. The National Park Service agreed to prepare an ORV
management plan as part of a settlement agreement negotiated in 1995
between the Florida Biodiversity Project and several Federal agencies
and bureaus. The agreement settled a lawsuit which alleged failure by
the agencies to comply with Federal statutes, including the Clean Water
Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy
The Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan, 2000 (p. 29) states ``Under
the proposed action, the National Park Service would establish an
advisory committee of concerned citizens to examine issues and make
recommendations regarding the management of ORVs in the Preserve
establishment of the Committee meets the legal requirements of the 1972
Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463, 1972, as
amended). The advisory Committee provides access to the extensive
knowledge available in the public arena and offers advice to the
National Park Service in the decision-making process in a manner
consistent with the FACA. This Committee is an element of the adaptive
management approach used to develop best management practices for ORV
As part of the ORV management plan, NPS committed to establishing
the ORV Advisory Committee. In addition, the establishment of the
Committee fulfills the agency's policy of civic engagement. This
Committee strengthens the relationship that the NPS has with its
partners and communities. The Committee is composed of individuals that
represent (1) Sportsmen/ORV users; (2) landowners; (3) academia; (4)
environmental advocates; (5) the state government; and (6) Tribes.
Certification: I hereby certify that the renewal of the Big Cypress
Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee is necessary and in the public
interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the
Department of the Interior by the Act of August 25, 1916, 16 U.S.C. 1
et seq., and other statutes relating to the administration of the
National Park System.
Dated: September 27, 2013.
Associate Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-24274 Filed 10-2-13; 8:45 am]
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