Burning Thoughts 2012 Print

Spatial-Ed's observations and analysis of the Burning Man event and impacts to desert

 

Black Rock DesertThe challenge is not one of how to prevent any human-induced change, but rather one of deciding how much change will be allowed to occur, where, and the actions needed to control it.  

- Stankey, 1985 

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CONTENTS

I. Introduction……….………………………..…………..………..…….....3

A. Burning Man

B. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

C. Moving Forward


II. Documented Impacts..……………………….….… ……..………4

A. Transient Dunes

B. BM 2007 Fence Dune

C. Desert Compaction

D. Decomposed Gravel

 

III. Limits of Acceptable Change..................................22

A. The Human Presence

B. Measurable Impacts

C. Long-term Cumulative Effects


IV. The Largest User Group………..….25

A. Black Rock City Population

B. Year-Round Presence

C. Leave No Trace


V. Gradual Growth…….............…..….28

A. Ticket Sales

B. Clean-Up

C. Other Potential Issues


VI. BLM Management..........………..….29

A. Monitoring & Documentation

B. Enforcement

C. No Action Alternative – Not!

D. Outside Black Rock City

 

END

VII. Wait and See ..........………..…......35

VIII. References..........………..…........36

Thanks …..................................…......38