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BLM seeks comment on Burning Man five-year permit
by Tribune Staff
Mar 18, 2012 | 894 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WINNEMUCCA — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office, is seeking comment on a preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Burning Man Event Special Recreation Permit for the 2012-2016 period. The BLM will accept comments on the EA through April 16.

Black Rock City LLC’s proposal for the 2012-2016 permit/events includes a participant population level from 58,000 increasing to 70,000 during the five-year period. The festival has been held annually since 1990 on public lands in Pershing County on the dry lake playa of the Black Rock Desert 10 miles northeast of Gerlach. The festival has been permitted with the issuance of Special Recreation Permits by BLM since 1992.

The operations associated with the event occupy about 4,400 acres of public land for a seven-week period starting with fencing the site perimeter the second week of August and concluding in late September with the final site cleanup. The major activities are confined to several weeks in late August and early September associated with final setup, the event and the initial phases of cleanup. During this period, Black Rock City becomes one of the largest cities in Nevada.

The EA can be viewed online at www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo/blm_information/nepa0.html. Printed copies are available upon request from the BLM Winnemucca District Office. Written comments should be directed to Cory Roegner, BLM Black Rock Field Office, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca NV 89445-2921. Comments also can be submitted by email to burningmannepa@blm.gov. Email messages should include “Burning Man 2012-2016 Permit Renewal” in the subject line.

Commenters should be aware before including their address, phone number, e-mail address or other personal identifying information in their comment, that their entire comment — including personal identifying information — could be made publicly available at any time.

For more information, contact Cory Roegner, BLM Black Rock Field Office at 623-1500 or croegner@blm.gov.

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