The superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve is the preserve's top official, responsible for managing and supervising all preserve operations and activities.
Divisions within the park include administration, interpretation, maintenance, resource management, and resource and visitor protection. A division chief heads each division.
As the business office for Big Cypress National Preserve, Administration’s principal functions include human resources administration, purchasing, property management, budget and financial management, information technology and telecommunications, and commercial use authorization management.
Fire and Aviation Management Division
One of the largest in the Nation, it follows a comprehensive fire plan that allows the restoration of fire regimes through a full range of management tools. Natural fire, prescribed fire, hazard fuel reduction, and fire effects monitoring help restore natural processes, while providing for firefighter and public safety.
Interpretation is responsible for information/education programs and services provided to preserve visitors and neighbors. The division manages publications, digital media, interpretive exhibits and waysides, ranger-led activities, and visitor center operations. Interpretive rangers also provide environmental education and outreach to various partners, school groups, and organizations. A curriculum-based education program reaches many students in local schools in the fall.
Maintains all roads, trails, buildings, utilities, grounds, vehicles, and other physical facilities in the park to assure their safe use. The division also manages construction and rehabilitation projects to support Big Cypress' operation.
Resource Management Division
Provides scientific guidance to preserve management on all matters related to natural and cultural resources. The division conducts or oversees studies on physical, biological, and cultural resources. Staff members often work with private landowners to ensure the protection of conservation easements held by the NPS. The division also maintains an extensive museum collection.
Visitor and Resource Protection Division
Responsible for law enforcement, emergency medical services, dispatch, search and rescue, fees, and security of preserve facilities, buildings, and park-owned housing.
Last updated: November 30, 2021