Extra! Extra! BLM Approves Multi-Year Permit for 68,000

Down the rabbit hole we go once more, dear friends!

Down the rabbit hole we go once more, dear friends!

Today the BLM announced on their website that a permit for 68,000 people good for the next four annual Burning Man events has been issued.

Winnemucca, Nev.–The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office, has issued a multi-year Special Recreation Permit (SRP) to Black Rock City (BRC), LLC authorizing the annual Burning Man event through 2016, contingent upon annual reviews showing BRC’s compliance with the terms and stipulations of the permit. This year the Burning Man event will be held on the Black Rock Playa from Aug. 26 through Sept. 2.

This year, the BRC is required to keep the maximum population from exceeding 68,000 people during the event. The BLM is also requiring BRC to comply with 13 standard stipulations, which are common to all SRPs, 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” (EA) 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.

The Burning Man event 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 SRP 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.

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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.

28 comments on “Extra! Extra! BLM Approves Multi-Year Permit for 68,000

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    • classic. “No-one likes your blog”. Tell that to the other 25,000 fans.
      If Burners.me gets a bad rap from anyone, it’s because elements of the BMOrg don’t like being called out on all the shady shit they do. You notice how very vocal they can be against “bloggers”, until we get it right, then all of a sudden, crickets…


  6. All thoughts and opinions that encourage critical thinking are an important contribution to Burning Man as a whole.
    Many of us care deeply about the culture and principles of Burning Man, but that doesn’t mean we cannot engage in honest and open dialog. ( Respectfully)
    Burnerxxx brings us important ideas to think and talk about within the community.
    I personally thank you (Whatsblem the Pro) for the many hours you spend helping us to see the social experiment from many angles!


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  10. Burning Man was being threatened by the BLM with enlisting the f’n NSA to enforce obscenity and profanity laws…they sent OSHA down to regulate the epic event. All in the midst of a negotiation for a slice of the ticket sales… Hmmmm. Our lawyers filed suit and said to the court basically: Our Liberties are more important than our government and we can prove it.

    We won. QUEL!!!!

    I believe “The Man” logo is one of the most important symbols for Liberty we have today and Liberty still rocks in Black Rock City 🙂

  11. if you’re wondering “should I pay asking price right now on stubhub or craigslist or ebay”, well, I am not qualified to provide investment advice however if I were to ask my imaginary friend Mr Shuffleupyoass he would say “hell no”!
    No word yet on how the World’s Biggest Door Bitch aka Camp Placement team – who seem to have knocked quite a few camps back this year, from the word that’s starting to trickle back to me – will accomodate the 7,100 extra Burners. That’s if they can sell the tickets, last year’s event was claimed to be sold out but turned out to be about 10% under capacity.
    Although the increased population cap is welcome, the fixed future means that growth for the LLC is going to be difficult now. Which is exactly what they want, since it’s going to be a non-profit from now on anyway. At least they know they can do all the photo shoots they want for 6-figure sums to supplement their fixed revenue.
    Oh wait…they could always raise ticket prices, if they wanted to make more money each year from a fixed population cap. Yep, if they raised them $50 a year, that would be another $3.4 million profit per year. Accumulative. For the non-profit, of course.
    We hope the new non-profit structure means fixed population, fixed ticket prices, and the idea of radical inclusion trumps the VIP Insider Guest List. The government wants to keep things as they are, BMOrg keep things as they are too. We got early access Christmas gifts, we got low income, we got first come-first-serve fixed price for everyone else. Let’s just do that! And PS Ka should be allowed to bring her feathers.

    • It’ll be really interesting to see what kind of bubble-popping it might be if the population remains the same as last year, or even goes down. How much of a myth is ticket scarcity, exactly?

      • it has always been one of the great mysteries of economics – creating conditions of perfect competition, where all participants in the market place know the price and the supply – that is very hard to do. Certainly, much harder to do than get 70,000 people to a party with free everything. It could be a very unique experiment in the world of economics, if they announced fixed prices now we have fixed numbers…and then we could all truly measure the supply and demand, how it fluctuates based on time, phase of moon, etc. This is the type of experiment that wouldn’t hurt the community, as opposed to a lottery which seemed more of an experiment with negative consequences for some

      • I donno if the population will shrink, maybe I guess. Very nice theme this year, but the temple looks lame.

    • The event is run, mostly, by volunteers. Here’s an idea: In addition to expressing your opinion on how the event can improve, why not volunteer? Put your ideas into action.

      • funny. You think BMOrg is paying me a salary for all the time I volunteer to write about Burning Man. And you think I criticize their dumb decisions just to be mean, and not because I want to improve the event and their operations. Oh, and you think that if I were suddenly to be assimilated into the BMOrg as a volunteer, now they would start listening to me.
        Plus, what he said.

      • The way you write about Burning Man and spam burner-related Facebook groups, I don’t think you’re doing BMOrg any favors.

      • We don’t spam anything, Roentgen, and it’s insulting as hell for you to say we do. I suspect you simply don’t understand what spam is. Having been an avid Internet user since well before the Web, it happens that I do understand very well what it is. I’ve put in many thousands of hours as a spam fighter over the years, and to this day spend a portion of each day ridding several large Burning Man communities online of spam.

        If you have a point to make, make it. . . but keep the ad-hominem to yourself, or go visit your nearest elementary school playground where that sort of thing is appreciated as a valid form of communication. We’re not spammers.

      • Oh, please. I was administering email accounts (uucp and Arpanet) and newsfeeds well before Canter and Siegel hit USENET.

        You keep insisting that off-topic, unwelcome messages are only spam if they’re commercial. It’s simply not so, it’s the mass posting or delivery of off-topic messages. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spamming#Noncommercial_forms

        Your BMOrg rants are not appropriate for regional-only groups. Your insistence on continuing to post them shows that you’re not interested in cooperation. This is not volunteer behavior, it’s just something you really want to do to grind your own axes.

      • We certainly aren’t commercial. . . and if you think that articles about Burning Man are off-topic in forums about Burning Man and burner culture, then I’d have to say you’re being seriously unreasonable, and obviously have some ulterior motive in making your comments. We don’t spam. Axe to grind much?

      • Incidentally, the online forums you’re referring to have several handy features that allow you to:

        * Make individual threads that you find objectionable invisible to you

        * Make the people who post things you find objectionable — and all their posts — invisible to you

        * Turn the computer off, go outside, and get a life

        I also note that when we post links to our articles about burner culture in forums devoted to burner culture, there are no complaints there. . . just the very occasional donkey like yourself showing up here to vent your irrelevant, inappropriate, slanderous spleen.

        Once in a while we catch this kind of disingenuous flak from people who don’t reveal their bias, like people who have low-level jobs working for the Org and who can’t stand to see their sacred golden calf criticized, no matter how accurately or how justifiably. Some of them are simply heavy kool-aid drinkers, but I’m betting you have an Org job.

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