Aspen Wins NAEP Award for Burning Man EA

USA/Aspen’s Burning Man 2012-2016 Special Recreation Permit Environmental Assessment (EA) won a 2014 National Environmental Excellence Award for NEPA Excellence given by the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP). The NAEP’s award selection criteria are based on the document’s creative or novel approaches to methodologies and analysis, its evidence of significant achievement, problems that the project addresses, and project achievement beneficiaries, among other criteria. The award will be presented at the NAEP/AEP Joint Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 8, 2014.

Burning Man is a world famous week-long event in western Nevada that is a combination art festival, social event, and experiment in community living. Held since 1990, Black Rock City LLC applied to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for a Special Recreation Permit to continue the event from 2012 to 2016 on portions of the Black Rock Desert National Conservation Area in Nevada. Aspen Environmental Group assisted the BLM with preparation of an EA using innovative methods to quantify impacts of the event and to mitigate the effects of this large-scale, temporary, “city.” In addition to new data collected during the 2011 event, the EA analysis also uses in-depth historical data collected by volunteers and event participants. On July 23, 2013, BLM approved a four-year Special Recreation Permit to host the Burning Man event on the Black Rock Desert through 2016, with a maximum population limit of 68,000 participants for the 2013 event.