BLM Announces Upcoming Public Outreach Meetings for Burning Man Special Recreation Permit

WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Winnemucca District Office, in conjunction with Burning Man, will be hosting a series of public outreach meetings with the goal of soliciting early public input regarding the proposed renewal of the Burning Man Special Recreation Permit for 2019-2028. Preliminary issues identified during theses meetings will be noted and carried forward into the formal scoping process, expected to begin in March, 2018.

The meetings will be held at the time(s) and location(s) listed below;

  • December 4th, Gerlach Community Center, 410 Cottonwood St, Gerlach NV, 5:00-8:00 PM
  • December 5th, Atlantis Hotel/Casino (Grand Ball Room #4), 3800 S Virginia St, Reno NV, 5:00-8:00 PM
  • December 6th, C Punch Inn & Casino, 1140 Cornell Ave, Lovelock NV, 5:00-8:00 PM

Burning Man has occurred annually on public lands situated on the Black Rock Desert Playa since 1990 and is the largest and most complex Special Recreation Permit (SRP) issued by the BLM. Public involvement is an extremely important piece of this process as BLM prepares to analyze the proposed renewal of the SRP. BLM and Burning Man are excited to announce these opportunities for early public involvement and encourage all who have input on the issues, impacts and potential alternatives to attend one of the meetings or send comments to blm_nv_burningmaneis@blm.gov.

These meetings will be conducted in an open house format, but time will also be allotted for a presentation and a ‘question & answer’ session with both Burning Man and BLM staff members. A summary of Burning Man’s Proposed Action, which outlines the major elements of the SRP renewal, is available online at https://go.usa.gov/xnBTu. If you have any questions regarding the upcoming public outreach meetings please contact Kyle Hendrix, BLM Public Affairs Specialist, at 775-635-4054 or khendrix@blm.gov

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.