Virtual Leave No Trace Q&A 2021


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is no official Burning Man this year. This means permits are not being issued for: porta-pottie services, medical relief tents or services, established camps, water providers, post office, or airport. We are aware that many groups and individuals still plan to visit the playa this summer to build their own Black Rock City. We want to make sure everyone who comes out here is on the same page with the principles of Leave No Trace (LNT) and we want you to have the best time out here!

Black Rock City is usually built in one of the 10 wilderness areas protected within the National Conservation Area (NCA). The NCA is public land managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM), our partner and the permitting agency for Black Rock City. The NCA is a sensitive habitat and ecosystem that requires active environmental protection, and that means greater responsibility for visitors.

Free Virtual LNT Q&A

We recently offered a free, 1-hour, virtual LNT Trainings via Zoom to provide you with the most up-to-date informational solutions to make your time out here fun, safe and responsible. Below is a recording of one discussion that may help you and your campmates during this non-Burn event!

Recorded training:

Leave No Trace

Burning Man is the largest Leave No Trace (LNT) event in the world and Leave No Trace is one of the 10 principles of the Burning Man ethos. Practicing LNT is a demonstration of the community’s integrity and commitment to the environment. Leaving No Trace is a signal that you respect the place and people around you. There is no better place to demonstrate this than in the pristine Black Rock Desert and neighboring communities.

Here are few guidelines to get you started. These should sound familiar as some are requirements at Black Rock City!(from Marnee Benson):

  • Never burn anything directly on the playa surface.
  • Store fuel safely.
  • Pack it in, pack it out. There are no trash cans in the Black Rock Desert. Don’t let anything hit the ground.
  • Dispose of all fluids and materials, including gray water, by the appropriate means.
  • Drive safely and at a reasonable speed for the conditions. Don’t drive erratically, ride on the roof or hang off the side of your vehicle, or drive while intoxicated.
  • Secure your load, inspect your trailer, have a backup plan.
  • Bring everything you need for Radical Self Reliance. The desert is real.
  • Break out your old Survival Guides or check out the last one published online by Burning Man. Those lists of “what to bring” apply even more importantly now.

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For more valuable resources and information, refer to Marnee Benson’s series of articles: