BRC Receives 2015 Special Recreation Permit from BLM

(Photo by Ron Lussier)

(Photo by Ron Lussier)

The Bureau of Land Management today issued a Special Recreation Permit authorizing Black Rock City LLC to conduct the annual Burning Man event for 2015. The event takes place Aug. 30 through Sept. 7 in the Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada.

As a result of ongoing negotiations, Burning Man and BLM officials have agreed to eliminate a proposed second BLM facility at Blue Pit, and BLM will use the same catering contractor as Burning Man. Improved operational alignment by both groups has reduced expected BLM fees and costs by several hundred thousand dollars.

“We’ve made tremendous progress over the past six weeks to agree on common sense solutions that meet BLM’s needs and ensure the health and safety of those supporting and participating in the Burning Man event,” said CEO Marian Goodell. “That being said, there’s an important amount of work to do after the 2015 event. We’re all committed to further discussion regarding the permitor – permittee relationship and what is required for BLM to properly administer the permit.”

As part of the Special Recreation Permit, Burning Man agrees to cap the population at 70,000 participants for 2015.

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20 Comments on “BRC Receives 2015 Special Recreation Permit from BLM

  • Badger says:

    Cutting it a little close, or is this normal timing?

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  • TB says:

    70k? Does that mean 2k more tickets will be released?

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    • jonnnney says:

      I believe the 70,000 includes vendors for porta potties, workers who build the city, police, and members of the BLM. That leads to over 1000 people and they don’t want to cut it too close.

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  • Sarah says:

    I am deeply concerned about the incipient Choco Taco shortage in Gerlach, Empire, and surrounding areas.

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  • Comrade X says:

    It was about as normal as BLM trying to shake down the Org to have privileges beyond a concierge camp – and using the permit as their hold-up gun. Reprehensable, but given the BLM’s current other PR fiascos and “Better than mere citizens” attitudes, how could we expect less?

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  • Lil bear says:

    Neil Kornze is so focused on running formHarry Reid’s seat that he has no control over Sal Lauro who is supposed to control law enforcement but is an idiot. So Dan Love runs around freely with his Chocotacos.

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  • That One Guy says:

    give a person even the smallest amount of power and you test their character and their integrity. Most people fail. The ratio is much worse for petty government officials :(

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  • Kamp Daddy says:

    Hey BLM….I got your choco taco right here…………what a waste of resources and time. They should all be fired for ineptitude, and self-aggrandizement!

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  • jacob says:

    Glad we at least finally have the permit. Good job all! BLM higher-ups should still be a little ashamed tho. But hey, we’re all dumb monkeys on this shared rock and at least we still get to go to the desert and have a good time.

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  • Dale Poulson says:

    Time to move the whole event to another State or buy some land out in the open.

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    • Jennifer says:

      I agree, time to make changes and move back to California and crowd there roads and dirty the small communities with there trash.. Burning man time to move else where.

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  • kendolf says:

    Did these cast of characters (both sides) also figure out a contingency plan to deal with the pending riot at the gate by people with tickets but no vehicle pass? Cliven Bundy will love this! The solution is soooo simple but the red tape is……? Seriously, this is a rapidly growing “civil disobedience” issue much greater than the BORG realizes.

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  • Jennifer says:

    I get the no trace behind but what about having trash bins by the pottys, u can waste money on pottys but not trash bins. No trace behind should start from the minute u exit the highway all the way in and all the way back out.. And another thing cut back on the people and do 40 or 50k, unless your just money hungry

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  • Jennifer says:

    Alot of people carpool and if your a local you should be able to go in early to carpool people from the airport instead of waiting hours, so more appreciation to the locals how go out of there way to bring virgins home..

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  • Jennifer says:

    Even good things have to come to in end.. Or move to another location

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