News & Media

  • NEWSLETTER

Over the years, much has been written about this area, including research and human experiences. Those articles will continue to be added as they are sourced, creating a virtual database on one location for the Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trail National Conservation Area.

Feature Stories:

  • COVID Camping Information Many people are choosing to isolate in the wilderness, or visit the wilderness for a change of scenery during COVID-19. Be prepared to access the Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails NCA responsibly.
  • 2020 Work Opportunities Live and work in the Black Rock Desert. Earn a monthly stipend and education award through the Americorps program.
  • Fly Geyser Nature Walks As a precaution in respect of public health and safety, Fly Ranch is responding to COVID-19 by closing the Ranch and postponing Nature Walks until a later date. We appreciate your support!
  • What are National Conservation Lands? The National Strategy for National Conservation Areas is centered on science, education, interpretation and youth programs.


Other News:

  • UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS IN THE NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA WINNEMUCCA, NV – In recent days, numerous people have flown and driven to the Black Rock playa to see the 747 art car following the route used to move the 747 onto private land after the 2018 Burning Man event. “The public should be aware that the plane is sitting on private ...
  • Black Rock Rendezvous 2019 Camping Location: Playa. Coordinates TBD Join Friends of Black Rock-High Rock, Nevada Outdoor School, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, and the Bureau of Land Management in the Black Rock Desert for a weekend of camping, restoration, exploration, celebration, and education! This is a Leave No Trace Camping Event. Come prepared. Bring all of your own ...
  • Highway 447 Cleanup Highway 447 Cleanup is on May 5th. Meet at the Friends office @ 9:00am to help restore the highway. We’ve got pickers and bags.
  • Updates from the Black Rock January 2019 Updates from the Black Rock: Welcome new Executive Director; new shop hours; Artist in Residence 2018 showings, new summer programs, and volunteer needs.
  • BLM Fire Wood Permits BLM firewood permits available at multiple locations CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management, Carson City District is continuing to sell firewood cutting permits at multiple locations. Pinyon Pine and Utah Juniper permits are $10 a cord. Only dead trees – standing or down may be cut. Permits are valid ...
  • Duck Hill and Chimney 2 wildfires both started by target shooting CARSON CITY, Nev. – Yesterday, Bureau of Land Management Fire Investigators determined the causes of both the Duck Hill and Chimney 2 wildfires was target shooting. The Duck Hill fire started at approximately 11:40 a.m., at Duck Hill in Washoe Valley and the Chimney 2 fire started at approximately 12:40 p.m., ...
  • Fire Restrictions August 1, 2018 BLM Winnemucca District and USFS Santa Rosa Ranger District go into fire restrictions Effective Aug. 1 WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 12:01 a.m. and last until further notice on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District ...
  • Black Rock Station Opens July 12 GERLACH, Nev. — The Black Rock Visitor’s Contact Center, located at 200 Transfer Road Gerlach, NV, will be opening for the 2018 season Thursday, July 12. The center weekly operating hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.  It will be closed Sunday through Wednesday each week. At the Black Rock Station, BLM personnel offer ...
  • Burning Man EIS – Permit Renewal WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management is asking for public comment on the proposed activities related to a 10-year Special Recreation Permit (SRP) for the Burning Man Event. The BLM Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office, published a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing the ...
  • Nevada Outdoor Experience 2018 Join Friends of Black Rock – High Rock at this free family event designed to excite and inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists. What:  Nevada Outdoor Experience 2018 When:  Saturday, June 16th, 9AM-1PM Where:  Capital City Gun Club in Carson City, 3590 Arrowhead Drive Organized by the Wild Sheep Foundation and ...
  • Black Rock-High Rock NCA Schedules Road Maintenance WINNEMUCCA DISTRICT OFFICE, NV, 2018 CONTACT: Mark Hall, mehall@blm.gov, 775-623-1529 WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – Beginning May 13, 2018, the Winnemucca District Bureau of Land Management, with assistance from the Vale District Bureau of Land Management, will be doing road maintenance in and around the Black Rock-High Rock National Conservation Area.  Crews will initially be focusing on the ...
  • Bureau of Land Management names Ester McCullough as Winnemucca District Manager RENO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management has selected Ester McCullough as the new District Manager for the Winnemucca District. She begins this assignment today and replaces Robbie McAboy, who has being acting District Manager since December 18, 2017. McAboy will return to her duties managing the BLM Southern Nevada ...

Advocacy:
  • Truckee Meadows Public Lands Management Act Read more about how this bill affects the landscape of Washoe County and the Black Rock Desert.
  • Public Comments Burning Man Permits Burning Man’s BLM Special Recreation Permit is up for the 10 year renewal. The BLM is accepting public comments about the draft environmental impact statement and specifically plans regarding Black Rock City’s population.
  • Public Comment Period: Purdue Orbital Launch and Loon LLC EAS open public comment period for a rocket launch and balloon retrieval to be completed by Purdue University students and Loon LLC. Comments are due by March 25.
  • Call to Action for Nevada’s Sage-grouse. The sage-grouse was petitioned for protection under the Endangered Species Act and is on course to make a listing decision by fall of 2015. Become informed and make a difference!
  • Public Lands: Protect vs. Drill New Poll: Voters Favor Protecting Public Lands Over Drilling Them Posted: 17 Jun 2013 01:38 PM PDT A poll released today by the Center for American Progress shows strong evidence that Americans believe energy development and land conservation are out of balance. It also demonstrates that there is a wide gap between ...

Archives
  • FBRHR Site Stewardship #GivingTuesdayNow Donating to Friends of Black Rock High Rock invests in the future of this National Conservation Area, you are actively protecting a national treasure.
  • Call for Artists – AiR 2020 Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Artist in Residence program.
  • Winnemucca 2019 AiR Reception – 2/8/20 Join us at the Humboldt County Library on Feb. 8, for the Winnemucca AiR Reception!
  • Gerlach Artist in Residence Reception 2019 Join us at our Visitor Center on Dec 14 from 1pm-4pm for our Gerlach AiR Reception!
  • Wild and Scenic – On Tour in Reno 2020 Time to Get Wild, Reno! Friends of Black Rock-High Rock is hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour in 2020! Saturday, January 25, 2020 7-10 pmWhitney Peak Hotel, downtown RenoDoors open at 6 pm with no-host bar, Burning Man ticket raffle, silent auction and more. TICKETS: $20; Students, Seniors (55+), ...
  • Artist in Residence 2019 Reno Reception Friends of Black Rock-High High and the Bureau of Land Management Nevada are hosting the Reno Reception of Jack Hulbert and Mary Kenny’s pieces from their 2019 Artist-in-Residence. Join us at the McKinley Arts Center, Nov. 7.
  • Fly Ranch Campout – Fierce Fairytales and Folksy Science October 18-20. Friends of Black Rock-High Rock is hosting a fun Campout at Fly Ranch in partnership with Burning Man Project where we’ll interact with presenters on the geology of the area and hot springs, enjoy Dutch Oven Desserts, and join the Baba Yaga crew to winterize the Hut as ...
  • BLM, BIA, NDF, and USFWS lifting Western Nevada Fire Restrictions on Friday, September 20 The Bureau of Land Management Carson City District Office, Fish & Wildlife Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, and Bureau of Indian Affairs announce the lifting of fire restrictions that have been in place since July 13, 2019. Restrictions will expire at 12:01 a.m., Friday morning, September 20, 2019.
  • BLM and USFWS announce the availability of the FEIS for the proposed Hycroft Mine Phase II Expansion Project Expansion would increase employment at the mine from the current 28 workers to 515 workers and would extend mine life an additional 15 years through 2039 WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have prepared a joint Final Environmental Impact Statement ...
  • Black Rock Point Camp Join our newest stewardship program! We’ll be doing some restoration work on the dunes, cleaning up around the hot springs, and having all the fun at Black Rock Point.
  • BLM Nevada initiates environmental assessment process for targeted grazing in Great Basin Ecoregion of Nevada RENO, Nev. – The Bureau of Land Management Nevada State Office has begun the process of writing an environmental assessment (EA) titled “Targeted Grazing of Annual Grasses in the Great Basin Ecoregions in Nevada.” This EA will fulfill the National Environmental Policy Act requirements associated with implementing Secretarial Order 3372, ...
  • UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS IN THE NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA WINNEMUCCA, NV – In recent days, numerous people have flown and driven to the Black Rock playa to see the 747 art car following the route used to move the 747 onto private land after the 2018 Burning Man event. “The public should be aware that the plane is sitting on private ...