Burning Man won a four-year term from the Bureau of Land Management, which issued a permit authorizing Black Rock City LLC to hold the event on the Black Rock Desert’s playa through 2016
The permit, issued by the BLM’s Black Rock Field Office is contingent upon annual reviews showing Black Rock City’s compliance with the terms and stipulations of the permit. This year Burning Man will be held on the Aug. 26 to Sept. 2.
This year, Burning Man organizers are required to keep the population from exceeding 68,000 people.
The BLM is also requiring organizers to comply with 13 standard stipulations, which are common to all permits, and 48 special stipulations specific to the Burning Man event.
The special stipulations relate to matters such as event set-up, signage, security, public safety, resource management, debris removal, fee calculation and payment, and event take-down and clean-up.
“Our priorities in managing this permit continue to be the protection and conservation of natural and cultural resources, as well as the safety for all participants and staffs,” said BLM’s Winnemucca District Manager, Gene Seidlitz. “I feel confident the permit addresses these priorities.”
The “Burning Man 2012-2016 Special Recreation Permit Environmental Assessment” analyzes a participant population level from 58,000 to 70,000 as well as public access, traffic control, resource management, dust abatement, fire management, event security and public safety, event setup and signage, runway and aircraft, sanitary facilities, and event take down and clean-up.
Burning Man has taken place on public lands on the Black Rock Desert Playa every year but one since 1990. Last year more than 53,000 people traveled to the remote desert location to participate. 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.
The decision and associated National Environmental Policy Act documents are available for viewing at http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo/blm_information/nepa0.html and upon request from the BLM Winnemucca District Office, 5100 East Winnemucca Boulevard, Winnemucca, NV 89445-2921, during regular business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays.