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2003 PRESS RELEASES

NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY - September 25-27, 2003
Black Rock Desert

Hey all: Burning Man has a board position on the non profit Friends of the Black Rock organization. Burning Man, FOTBR, and other desert users will be part of the national Public Lands Day. The Jack Rabbit and 15 Burning Man affiliated persons participated with over 50 others in Sept. 2002. Each group worked on a different project in a specific area, and it's a great opportunity to see back country you've never reached before.

National Public Lands Day 2003

In order to celebrate, explore and give back to our public lands, land-management agencies, nonprofit organizations and citizen volunteers will be organizing the following event: Black Rock Desert: Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28

WHEN: Saturday, September 27, 2003. (Activities are scheduled Saturday and Sunday, and people will be setting up Friday night. Feel free to join us for
a few hours or the whole weekend).

WHERE: Camping on the Black Rock playa, with work projects to take place at various locations in the region. Please RSVP for DIRECTIONS TO THE CAMP and an agenda for the weekend.

WHAT: Work projects to fit every interest and fitness level will include litter clean up, habitat restoration and exotic weed removal. Other activities will include talks on Black Rock Desert geology, historic trails, wilderness, astronomy, "Tread Lightly" and "Leave No Trace" practices. The BLM will barbecue Saturday night dinner for all participants, and Friends of the Black Rock will provide breakfast on Sunday. There will be opportunities to hike and explore on Sunday before heading home. Participating organizations: Bureau of Land Management, Friends of the Black
Rock, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, the Oregon California Trail Association, Trails West, Burning Man, Northern Nevada Astronomy Society, Desert Survivors, High Rock Trekkers and the Motorcycle Racing Association of Northern Nevada

RSVP: Please RSVP, so we have an idea of how many people to expect, so we can bring enough food and tools for everyone. Those who RSVP will receive detailed information about where to camp and what to bring.

RSVP to either of the following people:

Vito Carmosino, BLM Volunteer coordinator, Winnemucca BLM, (775) 623-1771; Vito_Carmosino (at) nv.blm (dot) gov
Brian Beffort, Friends of Nevada Wilderness/Friends of the Black Rock, (775) 324-7667; brian (at) nevadawilderness (dot) org