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Winnemucca District Office
Release Date: 03/30/11
Contacts: Lisa Ross , 775-623-1541 ,
News Release No. 2011-13

BLM Approves Special Recreation Permit for Burning Man 2011 Event

Winnemucca, Nev. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office has approved the Special Recreation Permit (SRP) for the Black Rock City LLC (BRC) to conduct the Burning Man 2011 event. 
Before issuing the SRP for the proposed 2011 Burning Man event, the BLM analyzed the Environmental Assessment (EA) used for permitting the event for the past five years and determined the EA provided adequate environmental analysis to permit the event for this year.
“The BLM held three public meetings in December 2010 and will incorporate public comments from those meetings to develop an EA to evaluate a 2012-2016 five-year permit for the Burning Man event,” said Rolando Mendez, Black Rock Field Manager. 
The festival is held annually on public lands in Pershing County, Nev. on the barren playa of the Black Rock Desert approximately 10 miles northeast of the community of Gerlach, Nev. 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 approximately 50,000 participants. 
Documents associated with this permit may be reviewed online at A copy of the decision will be provided upon request, or is available for review at the Winnemucca District Office at 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., during business hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
For further information please contact Cory Roegner, Project Lead, at 775- 623-1500

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 04-05-2011