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USBLM seeks to head off resource damage from alternative to Burning Man gathering

The Bureau of Land Management is taking steps to protect the Black Rock Desert playa in anticipation of thousands of people attending an alternative event to the annual Burning Man festival later this month at the remote Nevada site.

The world-famous Burning Man festival was canceled in April for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 health crisis. But an informal alternative event — billed as "Renegade Man" — is planned for Aug. 29-Sept. 5, and BLM is implementing "temporary restrictions" within and adjacent to the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area north of Reno, Nev.

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