WINNEMUCCA — The Black Rock Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public input as it evaluates a proposal from Black Rock City LLC to renew its special recreation permit to conduct the Burning Man Festival for the 2011-15 period. The BLM would appreciate receiving substantive comments by Dec. 13.
The festival is held annually on public lands in Pershing County on the barren playa of the Black Rock Desert about 10 miles northeast of the community of Gerlach. The festival has been held since 1990 and has been permitted by the 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 actual event, and the initial phases of cleanup. During this period, Black Rock City becomes one of the largest cities in Nevada, with about 50,000 participants.
Open houses will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., on Dec.7, at the Lovelock Community Center, on Dec. 8, at the Gerlach Community Center and on Dec. 9, at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Reno. The open house meetings are scheduled by the BLM to share information about the current proposal, answer questions and allow the public to provide input into the permit renewal process.
Public comments may be submitted via regular mail to: Cory Roegner, Attn: Burning Man Permit Renewal, BLM Black Rock Field Office, 5100 East Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445-2921 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mail messages should include “Burning Man Permit Renewal (Roegner)” in the subject line.
Public comments submitted for this project, including names and addresses of commentators will be available for public review at the Winnemucca District Office during regular business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
For more information, call project leader Cory Roegner at (775) 623-1500.