BLM Environmental Review – Burning Man – EIS Record of Decision Published

Draft Burning Man Environmental Review Update – EIS Record of Decision Published!  Read the decision and the file documents at the links below! On July 17, 2019,  the BLM published the Record of Decision for our 2019-2028 Environmental Impact Statement. _______________________________________ BLM has posted the documentation for the Draft Burning Man Special Recreation Permit!   …

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Nature and Greening Your Burn Bike Tours – 2019

We have so many events this year that we’re splitting the event postings into multiple postings. This year we have: Bike and Nature Tours Parties and Gatherings Native Voices – Aztec Burners Sustainable BRC – Workshops for You Sustainable BRC – Energy/Climate Solutions Black Rock NCA – Focus on Local …

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Burn The Man – Not Your Camp!

Safety Third! The Man is going to burn.  Not just any burn, but a big, hot, amazing, bad ass burn. Black Rock City is all about burning the Man, but burning your camp is not any fun. Nobody wants to burn down their camp. Gasoline cans that are not properly …

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Make Your Own MOOP Bag

How Do I Make a MOOP Bag? Can’t make one of our upcoming MOOP bag workshops?  Make your own bag! Make more and share them with others! Bring them to us and we’ll share them with others! Why make a MOOP bag? – All Burning Man participants should have their …

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Bandana and MOOP Bag Silkscreening -July 6th!

July 6th ! –  MOOP Bag Sewing Bee: 10 am! Hey volunteers! We’ll be getting together again to make MOOP bags!    The more the merrier.   Bring sewing machines to help with the bags and food to share.  All campers are expected to come to one of our workshops or bring …

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Leave No Trace Principle #1

Plan Ahead and Prepare “Wilderness is a dry, hot, dreary place where all manner of wild beasts dash about uncooked. ” – variation on 19th century quote.   Plan Ahead and Prepare is probably the most important of the seven LNT principles! Plan ahead and Prepare Dispose of Waste Properly …

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Leave No Trace

Black Rock Leave No Trace Course

We kicked off the LNT course with history of Leave No Trace

Last weekend we traveled to Black Rock to support the Friends of Black Rock and the Nevada Outdoor School in teaching a Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Class!

The short video below show the highlights of the class.  The class was a great chance to reinvigorate our LNT skills and get us all excited about teaching LNT and Black Rock.

Read on below for more information about the class!  If you haven’t already been to a Leave No Trace Class – consider going!   Leave No Trace is about a lot more than just Pack it in , Pack it out!  You’ll leave Tips and techniques for making your hiking, camping or Burning Man trips easier, less stressful and better for the environment!

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

Janice and Mitchell lead us through Plan Ahead and Prepare

As it should be, the class was focused on the seven LNT principles, how they apply in different situations and how to teach them.  Do you know what the seven principles of LNT are?

  1. Plan ahead and Prepare
  2. Dispose of Waste Properly
  3. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  4. Be Considerate to Other Visitors
  5. Leave What You Find
  6. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  7. Respect Wildlife


We had a great mix of Burners from different departments (Man Build, Playa Info, ESD, Theme Camp LNT leads, EGs) as well as participants from Friends of Black Rock High Rock interested in being guides at Fly Ranch.  In addition to playing lots of games which help us think through how the seven principles apply in wilderness areas, we also talked about applications at both Burning Man and at Fly Ranch.


Double Hot, Black Rock and Trego Hot Springs

We did spend some time at the Friends of Black Rock office for some classes, but spent most of our time at local area hot springs and hiking on Steamboat!  The local hot springs are great examples of sensitive zones around the playa where impacts vary from significant to minimal.

In particular, we were concerned by the heavy impacts of visitors to Trego Hot Springs.  In contrast, Black Rock Springs and Double Hot showed some impacts and trash, but were really beautiful and a great place to discuss what durable surfaces really are and how to be considerate to others.

Teaching Leave No Trace

While we typically think of ‘teaching’ involving lectures and power points, much of our learning this weekend was done through games and discussions.  See one of the funnier skits below.

More Information

National LNT Center for Outdoor Ethics:  

– Online Awareness Course:
– Tread Lightly

Teaching Sites
– Environmental Education for Kids
– Project Learning Tree


Volunteer Sewing Bee! – MOOP Bags-July 14th!

We’ll be getting together one last time to again to cut pants and sew MOOP bags and talk about Burning Man 2018!    The more the merrier.   Bring a sewing machine (if you have one, we’ll have some extras) to help with the bags and food to share. If you’d …

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Making MOOP Bags

Volunteer Workshop – Making MOOP Bags! The Man Burns on September 1, 2018. Will you be ready? Are you getting ready? Are you ready! The Earth Guardians will be ready. Last weekend a dedicated and hard-working group of Earth Guardians got together to make MOOP Bags and custom silk screen …

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