The Black Rock Desert is a place unlike any other — a wide expanse of possibility set in the heart of one of the most scenic, culturally rich, scientifically important and yet least-known public lands in the country. The Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area is part of the nation’s prized National Conservation Lands, a special designation given by the U.S. Government. We are grateful for this stunningly beautiful location and are equally committed to respecting and protecting this special place.

Burning Man is the largest Leave No Trace (LNT) event in the world. There is no garbage collection service in BRC. It is up to all of us to remove all Matter Out of Place (MOOP) from Black Rock City. Our permit with BLM allows us a short period of time to restore the playa to its original condition. We can only satisfy BLM stipulations and pass inspection if ALL citizens share the responsibility to line-sweep their camps and the city.

Burning Man has a volunteer-led environmental compliance and LNT outreach team. This group of Earth Guardians and Black Rock Rangers educates and helps participants fix common environmental issues such as vehicle oil leaks and wastewater spills. Help us help you. If our team finds an issue, you’ll be given a limited amount of time to fix it. You may face a citation or eviction if you don’t address oil and wastewater spills. If you need help, visit the Black Rock Rangers and Earth Guardians. DA, our Environmental Restoration Manager, explains…

Everything you bring might become MOOP: tent stakes, bottle caps, ashes, wood debris, orange peels, cigarette butts, pistachio shells, rope fibers, sequins — even abandoned bikes. It all has to go.

Our permit with the Bureau of Land Management provides us a short window of time to restore the playa to its natural state. We can only be successful if everyone steps up to the challenge. Whether on the Black Rock Desert or beyond, Leaving No Trace demonstrates our community’s commitment to the environment. Pack it in. Pack it out.