Big Cypress National Preserve

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  Record-high rainfall could be responsible for a number of recently reported wood stork deaths.  Environmental experts say a lack of favorable foraging habitat could be causing the birds to starve.

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A Texas-based oil company wants to look for oil and gas within the Big Cypress National Preserve in Collier County. Opponents of the proposal worry how the exploration will affect the environment - and if it could lead to the controversial resource extraction method called hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

The preserve is seeking public comment through Dec. 20.

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The National Park Service is asking for public comment over a Texas based oil-company’s proposal to look for gas and oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Collier County.

There are currently two active oil extraction sites within the preserve.

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Fire crews in the Big Cypress National Preserve have been battling a number of wildfires that make up the Mud Lake Complex since May 8. The fires are believed to have been ignited by lightning strikes. As of June 2, the fires had burned more than 35,000 acres and were about 75% contained. Will get the latest update from fire crews at the scene. We’ll also explore the risks and benefits associated with wildfires in Florida and what residents can do to reduce the risk of dangerous wildfires. 

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The National Park Service recently released its annual study detailing the economic benefits of local parks. The National Park System has more than 400 sites across the country. Overall, the country’s parks saw an increase in the number of visits from last year. This is also true for the Big Cypress National Preserve.

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