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DOI - 31950 - Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameBig Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2016Committee Number31950
Original Establishment Date6/20/2007Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date9/30/2016Committee URL
New Committee This FYYesPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*18
Current Charter Date10/16/2015Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter10/16/2017Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date9/30/2016Designated Federal Officer First Name*J.D.
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityAgencyDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Lee
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Record of Decision, Final Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan Supplemental EISDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(239) 695-1103
Effective Date Of Authority*9/28/2000Designated Federal Officer Fax*(239) 695-0416
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan, 2000 (pg. 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. The advisory committee would provide access to the extensive knowledge available in the public arena and would offer advice to the National Park Service in the decision-making process in a manner consistent with FACA. This Committee would be an element of the adaptive management approach that would be used to develop best management practices for ORV use.”
How is membership balanced?*The Committee was comprised of people that represent: (1) sportsmen/ORV users, (2) landowners, (3) academia, (4) environmental advocates, (5) the state government, and (6) tribes. There is an even balance between Sportsmen/ORV users and the other communities that are represented.Committee members were selected based on the following criteria: (1) ability to collaborate, (2) the ability to understand NPS management and policy (especially related to ORVs), (3) connection with the Preserve, and (4) the ability to represent one or more of the interests listed above.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Before FY 2012, the Committee met every two months. Beginning in FY 2012, the Committee met every three months. In FY 2014, there was one meeting in April 2014. There were no meetings in FY 2015. There was one meeting in FY 2016, in October 2016.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee was established as directed in the Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan, 2000. This plan guides the National Park Service (NPS) in its management of recreational off-road vehicle (ORV) use in Big Cypress National Preserve and tiers off of the Preserve’s 1991 General Management Plan. The NPS 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 Act.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe Committee was established in 2007 as required by the 2000 Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan to examine issues and make recommendations regarding the management of off-road vehicles in the Big Cypress National Preserve. The Committee has advised the Preserve on several key issues, including vehicle specifications, secondary trail routes, trail marking and signage, authorized and unauthorized ORV uses, and management of trail terminuses and pull offs.

The Committee has accomplished its mission and any remaining ORV issues will be addressed through ongoing planning efforts; therefore, the committee is no longer needed and the Committee terminated on September 30, 2016.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNot Applicable
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNot ApplicableNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNot ApplicableGrants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*12Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNo Recommendations in FY 2014 - 2016.1. Lottery system for ORV permits (9/23/08) 2. Turner River Unit primary ORV trails (9/23/08) 3. Policy on authorized and unauthorized ORV use (11/17/08) 4. Turner River Unit secondary ORV trails (11/17/08) 5. Secondary trail guidelines (2/2/10) 6. Trail marking and signage (4/20/10) 7. Secondary trail termini (6/22/10) 8. Managing trail pull-offs, dispersed camping (8/17/10) 9. Guest access to private property (8/17/10) 10. Corn Dance Unit primary ORV trails (4/27/11) 11. Stairsteps Unit primary and secondary trails (5/30/13) 12. Vehicle specifications (8/28/13)Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*42.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentRecommendations 1, 3, 5-7Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*17.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentRecommendations 2 and 4Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Status is reported at committee meetings and on the committee website.Narrative Description*The Big Cypress Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee was formed as a result of the implementation of the Big Cypress Recreational Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan. The purpose of the committee is to advise the National Park Service on issues related to the implementation of the plan within the Preserve.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$6,398.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$3,936.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$175.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$10,509.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.08Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-029513Corn Dance-Stairsteps2016
 COM-030541Education and Public Use2016
 COM-028410Turner River2016
 COM-030173Vehicle Specifications2016


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-003665Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004840Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005755Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007139Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007923Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009191Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009956Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011124Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011862Big Cypress National Preserve Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee2007