Exceptionally low water levels have prompted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to issue an executive order enacting temporary special regulations for a portion of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area.

Effective immediately, the order prohibits motorized vehicles, including swamp buggies/tracked vehicles and airboats, in a portion of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA designated as Water Conservation Area 3A North. However, area boat ramps and canals will remain open to public access for fishing and water-based recreation.

This action is necessary because during dry conditions, the use of vehicles and airboats can start wildfires. The FWC is restricting access in this area to protect both people and natural resources.

These special regulations remain in effect until rescinded by a subsequent executive order.

For updated closure and reopening information, visit MyFWC.com/Viewing and click on “Wildlife Management Areas” and then “Open/Closed Status.” If you have additional questions, call the FWC’s South Regional Office at 561-625-5122.

To see the executive order, go to MyFWC.com/About and click on “Inside FWC,” and “Executive Orders.”

To report a violation of this order, or any fish and wildlife law violation, call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.

News Reporter