Notice of Temporary Closures and Temporary Restrictions on Specific Uses of Public Lands in Pershing County, NV, 37147-37150 [2011-15818]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 122 / Friday, June 24, 2011 / Notices cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority: 40 CFR 1501.7; 43 CFR 1610.2. Linda S.C. Rundell, State Director. [FR Doc. 2011–15808 Filed 6–23–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4313–AW–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [ORE000.L58820000 PH0000 LXRSEE990000 HAG11–0265] Notice of Public Meetings for the Eugene District Resource Advisory Committee Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: In accordance with the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, Title VI, Secure Schools and Community Self-Determination Program (H.R. 1424), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Eugene District Resource Advisory Committee will meet as indicated below. DATES: The meetings will be held on August 4, 2011, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at approximately 12 p.m.; August 12, 2011, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at approximately 5 p.m.; and September 1, 2011, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at approximately 5 p.m. If unfinished business necessitates, a meeting will be held on September 2, 2011, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. All times are Pacific Daylight Saving Time. ADDRESSES: The meetings will take place at the BLM, Eugene District Office, Springfield Interagency Center, 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite E, Springfield, OR 97477. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia K. Johnston, Bureau of Land Management, P.O. Box 10226, Eugene, Oregon 97440–2226, (541) 683–6181 or e-mail pat_johnston@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Eugene District Resource Advisory srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:06 Jun 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 Committee was appointed originally by the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106–393) and reauthorized by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, Title VI, Secure Schools and Community SelfDetermination Program (H.R. 1424). Topics to be discussed by the Eugene District Resource Advisory Committee at these meetings include reviewing project proposals meeting the requirements under Section 201, H.R. 1424, ‘‘Title II—Special Projects on Federal Land,’’ recommending funding for such projects to the Secretary of the Interior, and other matters as may reasonably come before the council. All meetings are open to the public in their entirety. Public comment is generally scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., each meeting session. The amount of time scheduled for public presentations and meeting times may be extended when the authorized representative considers it necessary to accommodate all who seek to be heard regarding matters on the agenda. Virginia Grilley, Eugene District Manager. [FR Doc. 2011–15835 Filed 6–23–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–33–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVW03500.L12320000.EA0000 .LVRDNV190000.241A; MO#4500020764; 11–08807; TAS: 14X5017] Notice of Temporary Closures and Temporary Restrictions on Specific Uses of Public Lands in Pershing County, NV Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that under the authority of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office, will implement and enforce temporary closures and temporary restrictions to protect public safety and resources on public lands within and adjacent to the Burning Man event on the Black Rock Desert playa. DATES: The temporary closures and temporary restrictions will be in effect from August 1, 2011 through September 19, 2011 and August 29, 2011 through September 5, 2011. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37147 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gene Seidlitz, BLM District Manager, Winnemucca District, 5100 E. Winnemucca Boulevard, Winnemucca, Nevada 89445–2921, telephone: (775) 623–1500, e-mail: gene_seidlitz@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: These temporary closures and temporary restrictions affect public lands at and adjacent to the Burning Man event permitted on the Black Rock Desert playa within the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area in Pershing County, Nevada. The legal description of the affected public lands is: Mount Diablo Meridian, Nevada Unsurveyed T. 33 N., R. 24 E., Secs. 1 and 2; Sec. 3; Sec. 4, portion east of Washoe County Road 34; Sec. 5; Sec. 8, NE1⁄4; Sec. 9, N1⁄2; Sec. 10, N1⁄2; Sec. 11, N1⁄2. Unsurveyed T. 331⁄2; N., R. 24 E., Secs. 25, 26, and 27; Sec. 28, portion east of Washoe County Road 34; Sec. 33, portions east of Washoe County Road 34; Secs. 34, 35, and 36. Unsurveyed T. 34 N., R. 24 E., Sec. 23, S1⁄2; Sec. 24, S1⁄2; Secs. 25 and 26; Sec. 27, SE1⁄4, E1⁄2NE1⁄2, E1⁄2SW1⁄4; Sec. 33, SE1⁄4, S1⁄2NE1⁄4, NE1⁄4NE1⁄4; Secs. 34, 35, and 36. T. 33 N., R. 25 E., Sec. 4, Lots 2, 3, 4, and 5. Unsurveyed T. 34 N., R. 25 E., Sec. 16, S1⁄2; Sec. 21; Sec. 22, SW1⁄4, W1⁄2NW1⁄4; Sec. 27, W1⁄2; Sec. 28; Sec. 33; Sec. 34, W1⁄2. The public closure area comprises 14,153 acres, more or less. Within the public closure area is the event area, which is defined as the portion of the public closure area (1) E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1 srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 37148 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 122 / Friday, June 24, 2011 / Notices Entirely contained within the event perimeter fence; (2) Within 50 feet and outside the event perimeter fence; (3) Within 25 feet and outside the event access road; and (4) The aircraft parking area outside the event perimeter fence. The Burning Man event takes place within Pershing County, a rural county with a small population and a small Sheriff’s Department. Pershing County has limited ability to provide additional law enforcement officers to work at the event. These temporary closures and temporary restrictions are necessary to enable the BLM law enforcement personnel to provide for public safety and protect the environment on public lands, as well as support State and local law enforcement agencies with enforcement of existing laws. The temporary closures and temporary restrictions are necessary to provide a safe environment for the participants of the Burning Man event and to members of the public visiting the Black Rock Desert, and to protect public land resources by addressing law enforcement and public safety concerns associated with the Burning Man event. The Burning Man event is held on public lands administered by the BLM. It is expected to attract approximately 50,000 participants to a remote rural area, far from urban infrastructure and support, including law enforcement, public safety, transportation, and communication services. During the event, Black Rock City, the temporary city associated with the event, becomes the tenth largest population area in Nevada. This event is authorized on public lands under Special Recreation Permit #NVW03500–11–01. The vast majority of Burning Man event participants do not cause any problems for the event organizers or the BLM. Actions by a few participants at previous events have resulted in law enforcement and public safety incidents similar to those observed in urban areas of similar size. Incidents that have required BLM law enforcement action in prior years include the following: Aircraft crashes; motor vehicle accidents with injuries both within and outside the event (a temporary fence is installed around the event perimeter); fighting; sexual assaults; assaults on law enforcement officers; reckless or threatening behavior; crimes against property; crowd control issues; issues associated with possession and use of alcoholic beverages; persons acting in a manner where they may pose a danger to themselves or to others; possession, use, and distribution of controlled substances; and increased use of public lands outside the event perimeter. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:06 Jun 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 The BLM will post information signs and maps about the temporary closures and temporary restrictions at main entry points around the area and at the BLM Winnemucca District Office and at the Black Rock Visitor Center. Under the authority of Section 303(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1733 (a)), 43 CFR 8360.0–7, and 43 CFR 8364.1, the BLM will enforce the following closures and restrictions within and adjacent to the Burning Man event on the Black Rock Desert playa: I. Event Area Restrictions—Between August 1, 2011, and September 19, 2011 Inclusive A. Aircraft Landing The event area is closed to aircraft landing, taking off, or taxiing. Aircraft is defined in Title 18, U.S.C., section 31 (a)(1) and includes lighter-than-air craft and ultra-light craft. The following exceptions apply: 1. All aircraft operations to include ultra-light and helicopter landings/takeoffs will occur at the designated event landing strip. The authorized event landing strip is a designated and Federal Aviation Administration approved public strip. 2. Only helicopters providing emergency medical services may land at the designated Emergency Medical Services helicopter pad or at other locations when required for medical incidents. The BLM authorizing officer may approve other helicopter landings and take-offs when deemed necessary for the benefit of the law enforcement operation. 3. Landings or take-offs of lighterthan-air craft previously approved by the BLM authorized officer. B. Alcohol 1. Possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage by the driver or operator of any motorized vehicle, whether or not the vehicle is in motion, is prohibited. 2. Possession of alcohol by minors (a) The following are prohibited: (1) Consumption or possession of any alcoholic beverage by a person under 21 years of age on public lands. (2) Selling, offering to sell, or otherwise furnishing or supplying any alcoholic beverage to a person under 21 years of age on public lands. (b) This section does not apply to the selling, handling, serving or transporting of alcoholic beverages by a person in the course of his lawful employment by a licensed manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer of alcoholic beverages. PO 00000 Frm 00096 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3. Operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence (a) Title 43 CFR 8341.1(f)3 prohibits the operation of an off-road motor vehicle on public land while under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or dangerous drugs. (b) In addition to the prohibition found in 43 CFR 8341.1(f)3, it is prohibited for any person to operate or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while: (1) The operator is under the combined influence of alcohol, a drug, or drugs to a degree that renders the operator incapable of safe operation of that vehicle; or (2) The alcohol concentration in the operator’s blood or breath is 0.08 grams or more of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 0.08 grams or more of alcohol per 210 liters of breath. (c) Tests: (1) At the request or direction of any law enforcement officer authorized by the Department of the Interior to enforce this closure and restriction order, who has probable cause to believe that an operator of a motor vehicle has violated a provision of paragraph (a) or (b) of this section, the operator shall submit to one or more tests of the blood, breath, saliva, or urine for the purpose of determining blood alcohol and drug content. (2) Refusal by an operator to submit to a test is prohibited and proof of refusal may be admissible in any related judicial proceeding. (3) Any test or tests for the presence of alcohol and drugs shall be determined by and administered at the direction of an authorized person. (4) Any test shall be conducted by using accepted scientific methods and equipment of proven accuracy and reliability operated by personnel certified in its use. (d) Presumptive levels (1) The results of chemical or other quantitative tests are intended to supplement the elements of probable cause used as the basis for the arrest of an operator charged with a violation of paragraph (a) of this section. If the alcohol concentration in the operator’s blood or breath at the time of testing is less than alcohol concentrations specified in paragraph (b)(2) of this section, this fact does not give rise to any presumption that the operator is or is not under the influence of alcohol. (2) The provisions of paragraph (d)(1) of this section are not intended to limit the introduction of any other competent evidence bearing upon the question of whether the operator, at the time of the alleged violation, was under the influence of alcohol, a drug or multiple drugs, or any combination thereof. E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 122 / Friday, June 24, 2011 / Notices 4. Definitions: (a) Open container: Any bottle, can, or other container which contains an alcoholic beverage, if that container does not have a closed top or lid for which the seal has not been broken. If the container has been opened one or more times, and the lid or top has been replaced, that container is an open container. (b) Possession of an open container includes any open container that is physically possessed by the driver or operator, or is adjacent to and reachable by that driver or operator. This includes but is not limited to containers in a cup holder or rack adjacent to the driver or operator, containers on a vehicle floor next to the driver or operator, and containers on a seat or console area next to a driver or operator. C. Drug Paraphernalia 1. The possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited. 2. Definition: Drug paraphernalia means all equipment, products and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance in violation of any State or Federal law, or regulation issued pursuant to law. D. Disorderly Conduct 1. Disorderly conduct is prohibited. 2. Definition: Disorderly conduct means that an individual, with the intent of recklessly causing public alarm, nuisance, jeopardy, or violence; or recklessly creating a risk thereof: (a) Engages in fighting or violent behavior. (b) Uses language, an utterance or gesture, or engages in a display or act that is physically threatening or menacing, or done in a manner that is likely to inflict injury or incite an immediate breach of the peace. (c) Obstructs, resists or attempts to elude a law enforcement officer, or fails to follow their orders or directions. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES E. Eviction of Persons 1. The event area is closed to any person who: (a) Has been evicted from the event by the permit holder, Black Rock City LLC, (BRC LLC) whether or not the eviction was requested by BLM. (b) Has been ordered by a BLM law enforcement officer to leave the area of the permitted event. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:06 Jun 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 2. Any person evicted from the event forfeits all privileges to be present within the perimeter fence or anywhere else within the event area even if they possess a ticket to attend the event. F. Fires The ignition of fires on the surface of the Black Rock Playa without a burn blanket or burn pan is prohibited. G. Fireworks The use, sale or possession of personal fireworks is prohibited except for uses of fireworks approved by BRC LLC and used as part of a Burning Man sanctioned art burn event. H. Motor Vehicles 1. The event area is closed to motor vehicle use, except as provided below. Motor vehicles may be operated within the event area under these circumstances: (a) Participant arrival and departure on designated routes; (b) Vehicles operated by BRC LLC staff or contractors and service providers on behalf of BRC LLC. During the event, from 12:01 a.m. Monday, August 29, 2011, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 5, 2011, these vehicles must display evidence of event registration at all times in such manner that it is visible to the rear of the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion; (c) BLM, medical, law enforcement, and firefighting vehicles; (d) Mutant vehicles, art cars, vehicles used by disabled drivers and displaying disabled driver license plates or placards, or other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and operated within the scope of that registration. Prior to the commencement of the event and official issuance of registration documents, such vehicles may be operated for arrival, testing and demonstration purposes only. During the event, from 12:01 a.m. Monday, August 29, 2011, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 5, 2011, such vehicles must display evidence of registration at all times in such manner that it is visible to the rear of the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion; (e) Motorized skateboards or Go-Peds with or without handlebars. 2. Definitions: (a) A motor vehicle is any device designed for and capable of travel over land and which is self-propelled by a motor, but does not include any vehicle operated on rails or any motorized wheelchair. (b) Motorized wheelchair means a self-propelled wheeled device, designed solely for and used by a mobilityimpaired person for locomotion. PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37149 I. Public Camping The event area is closed to public camping with the following exception: Burning Man event ticket holders who are camped in designated areas provided by BRC LLC, and ticket holders who are camped in the authorized pilot camp. BRC LLC authorized staff, contractors, and BLM authorized event management related camps are exempt from this closure. J. Public Use The event area is closed to use by members of the public unless that person: Possesses a valid ticket to attend the event; is an employee or authorized volunteer with the BLM, a law enforcement agency, emergency medical service provider, fire protection provider, or another public agency working at the event and the employee is assigned to the event; is a person working at or attending the event on behalf of the event organizers, BRC LLC; or is authorized by BRC LLC to be onsite prior to the commencement of the event for the primary purpose of constructing, creating, designing or installing art, displays, buildings, facilities or other items and structures in connection with the event. K. Waste Water Discharge The dumping or discharge to the ground of gray water is prohibited. Gray water is water that has been used for cooking, washing, dishwashing, or bathing and contains soap, detergent, food scraps, or food residue. L. Weapons 1. The possession of any weapon is prohibited. 2. The discharge of any weapon is prohibited. 3. The prohibitions above shall not apply to county, State, tribal, and Federal law enforcement personnel, or any person authorized by Federal law to possess a weapon. ‘‘Art projects’’ that include weapons and are sanctioned by BRC LLC will be permitted after obtaining authorization from the BLM authorized officer. 4. Definitions: (a) Weapon means a firearm, compressed gas or spring powered pistol or rifle, bow and arrow, cross bow, blowgun, spear gun, hand-thrown spear, sling shot, irritant gas device, electric stunning or immobilization device, explosive device, any implement designed to expel a projectile, switch-blade knife, any blade which is greater than 10 inches in length from the tip of the blade to the edge of the hilt or finger guard nearest the blade (e.g., swords, dirks, daggers, E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1 37150 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 122 / Friday, June 24, 2011 / Notices machetes), or any other weapon the possession of which is prohibited by State law. Exception: The regulation does not apply in a kitchen or cooking environment or where an event worker is wearing or utilizing a construction knife for their duties at the event. (b) Firearm means any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, or other device which is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the ignition of a propellant. (c) Discharge means the expelling of a projectile from a weapon. II. Public Closure Area A. Between August 1, 2011 and September 19, 2011, Inclusive 1. Public Camping The public closure area is closed to public camping. 2. Discharge of Weapons Discharge of weapons as defined in paragraph (L)(2) of Section (I) is prohibited. 6. Motor Vehicles The public closure area is closed to motor vehicle use, except for passage through, without stopping, the public closure area on the west or east playa roads. Motor vehicle is defined in paragraph (H)(2) of Section (I). 7. Waste Water Discharge The dumping or discharge to the ground of gray water is prohibited. 8. Weapons The possession of any weapon as defined in paragraph (L)(4) of Section (I) is prohibited except weapons within motor vehicles passing through the closure area, without stopping on the west or east playa roads. Any person who violates the above rules and restrictions may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $1,000, imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both. Such violations may also be subject to the enhanced fines provided for at 18 U.S.C. 3571. Authority: 43 CFR 8364.1. B. Between August 29, 2011 and September 5, 2011, Inclusive Gene Seidlitz, District Manager, Winnemucca District. 1. Aircraft Landing The public closure area is closed to aircraft landing, taking off, or taxiing except as described in paragraph (A) of Section I. [FR Doc. 2011–15818 Filed 6–23–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–HC–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service 3. Eviction of Persons (a) The public closure area is closed to any person who: (1) Has been evicted from the event by the permit holder, BRC LLC, whether or not such eviction was requested by BLM. (2) Has been ordered by a BLM law enforcement officer to leave the area of the permitted event. (b) Any person evicted from the event forfeits all privileges to be present within the public closure area even if he or she possesses a ticket to attend the event. 4. Fireworks The use, sale or possession of personal fireworks is prohibited. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ALABAMA Randolph County Wadley Railroad Depot, Broad St. at NE. corner of Tallapoosa St., Wadley, 11000428 CALIFORNIA Los Angeles County Hafley, Olan G. and Aida T., House, 5561 E. La Pasada St., Long Beach, 11000429 Monterey County Republic Cafe, 37 Soledad St., Salinas, 11000430 Orange County WILD GOOSE (yacht), 2431 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 11000431 Riverside County Grand Boulevard Historic District, Grand Blvd., Corona, 11000432 Siskiyou County Forest House, 4204 CA 3, Yreka, 11000433 [NPS–WASO–NRNHL–0611–7651; 2280– 665] Disorderly conduct as defined in paragraph (D)(2) of Section I is prohibited. 5. Public Use Public use is prohibited, except for: (a) passage through, without stopping, the public closure area on the west or east playa roads; and (b) pedestrians with Burning Man tickets outside the fence. 19:06 Jun 23, 2011 Alexandra Lord, Acting Chief, National Register of Historic Places/National Historic Landmarks Program. CONNECTICUT 2. Disorderly Conduct VerDate Mar<15>2010 should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Jkt 223001 Fairfield County Camp, Issac, Property, Address Restricted, Norwalk, 11000434 National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions Hartford County Fairfield Avenue Historic District, Roughly along Fairfield Ave. from Trinity College to Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, 11000435 Nominations for the following properties being considered for listing or related actions in the National Register were received by the National Park Service before June 3, 2011. Pursuant to section 60.13 of 36 CFR Part 60, written comments are being accepted concerning the significance of the nominated properties under the National Register criteria for evaluation. Comments may be forwarded by United States Postal Service, to the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C St., NW., MS 2280, Washington, DC 20240; by all other carriers, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1201 Eye St., NW., 8th floor, Washington, DC 20005; or by fax, 202–371–6447. Written or faxed comments should be submitted July 11, 2011. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FLORIDA Volusia County South Ridgewood Elementary School, 747 S. Ridgewood Ave., Daytona Beach, 11000436 HAWAII Maui County Baldwin, Fred C., Memorial Home, 1813 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, 11000437 INDIANA La Porte County German St. Paul’s Church, 5 Beech St., Otis, 11000438 MISSOURI Adair County Journal Printing Company Building, 119 S. Elson St., Kirksville, 11000439 Butler County North Main Street Historic District, (Poplar Bluff MPS) 400 blk. of N. Main St., Poplar Bluff, 11000440 E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 122 (Friday, June 24, 2011)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2011-15818]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

[LLNVW03500.L12320000.EA0000.LVRDNV190000.241A; MO4500020764; 
11-08807; TAS: 14X5017]


Notice of Temporary Closures and Temporary Restrictions on 
Specific Uses of Public Lands in Pershing County, NV

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that under the authority of the Federal 
Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau 
of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office, 
will implement and enforce temporary closures and temporary 
restrictions to protect public safety and resources on public lands 
within and adjacent to the Burning Man event on the Black Rock Desert 
playa.

DATES: The temporary closures and temporary restrictions will be in 
effect from August 1, 2011 through September 19, 2011 and August 29, 
2011 through September 5, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gene Seidlitz, BLM District Manager, 
Winnemucca District, 5100 E. Winnemucca Boulevard, Winnemucca, Nevada 
89445-2921, telephone: (775) 623-1500, e-mail: gene_seidlitz@blm.gov.
    Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to 
contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is 
available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question 
with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal 
hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: These temporary closures and temporary 
restrictions affect public lands at and adjacent to the Burning Man 
event permitted on the Black Rock Desert playa within the Black Rock 
Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area in 
Pershing County, Nevada. The legal description of the affected public 
lands is:

Mount Diablo Meridian, Nevada

Unsurveyed T. 33 N., R. 24 E.,

Secs. 1 and 2;
Sec. 3;
Sec. 4, portion east of Washoe County Road 34;
Sec. 5;
Sec. 8, NE\1/4\;
Sec. 9, N\1/2\;
Sec. 10, N\1/2\;
Sec. 11, N\1/2\.

Unsurveyed T. 33\1/2\; N., R. 24 E.,

Secs. 25, 26, and 27;
Sec. 28, portion east of Washoe County Road 34;
Sec. 33, portions east of Washoe County Road 34;
Secs. 34, 35, and 36.

Unsurveyed T. 34 N., R. 24 E.,

Sec. 23, S\1/2\;
Sec. 24, S\1/2\;
Secs. 25 and 26;
Sec. 27, SE\1/4\, E\1/2\NE\1/2\, E\1/2\SW\1/4\;
Sec. 33, SE\1/4\, S\1/2\NE\1/4\, NE\1/4\NE\1/4\;
Secs. 34, 35, and 36.

T. 33 N., R. 25 E.,

Sec. 4, Lots 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Unsurveyed T. 34 N., R. 25 E.,

Sec. 16, S\1/2\;
Sec. 21;
Sec. 22, SW\1/4\, W\1/2\NW\1/4\;
Sec. 27, W\1/2\;
Sec. 28;
Sec. 33;
Sec. 34, W\1/2\.

    The public closure area comprises 14,153 acres, more or less.

    Within the public closure area is the event area, which is defined 
as the portion of the public closure area (1)

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Entirely contained within the event perimeter fence; (2) Within 50 feet 
and outside the event perimeter fence; (3) Within 25 feet and outside 
the event access road; and (4) The aircraft parking area outside the 
event perimeter fence.
    The Burning Man event takes place within Pershing County, a rural 
county with a small population and a small Sheriff's Department. 
Pershing County has limited ability to provide additional law 
enforcement officers to work at the event. These temporary closures and 
temporary restrictions are necessary to enable the BLM law enforcement 
personnel to provide for public safety and protect the environment on 
public lands, as well as support State and local law enforcement 
agencies with enforcement of existing laws.
    The temporary closures and temporary restrictions are necessary to 
provide a safe environment for the participants of the Burning Man 
event and to members of the public visiting the Black Rock Desert, and 
to protect public land resources by addressing law enforcement and 
public safety concerns associated with the Burning Man event. The 
Burning Man event is held on public lands administered by the BLM. It 
is expected to attract approximately 50,000 participants to a remote 
rural area, far from urban infrastructure and support, including law 
enforcement, public safety, transportation, and communication services. 
During the event, Black Rock City, the temporary city associated with 
the event, becomes the tenth largest population area in Nevada. This 
event is authorized on public lands under Special Recreation Permit 
NVW03500-11-01.
    The vast majority of Burning Man event participants do not cause 
any problems for the event organizers or the BLM. Actions by a few 
participants at previous events have resulted in law enforcement and 
public safety incidents similar to those observed in urban areas of 
similar size. Incidents that have required BLM law enforcement action 
in prior years include the following: Aircraft crashes; motor vehicle 
accidents with injuries both within and outside the event (a temporary 
fence is installed around the event perimeter); fighting; sexual 
assaults; assaults on law enforcement officers; reckless or threatening 
behavior; crimes against property; crowd control issues; issues 
associated with possession and use of alcoholic beverages; persons 
acting in a manner where they may pose a danger to themselves or to 
others; possession, use, and distribution of controlled substances; and 
increased use of public lands outside the event perimeter.
    The BLM will post information signs and maps about the temporary 
closures and temporary restrictions at main entry points around the 
area and at the BLM Winnemucca District Office and at the Black Rock 
Visitor Center.
    Under the authority of Section 303(a) of the Federal Land Policy 
and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1733 (a)), 43 CFR 8360.0-7, and 
43 CFR 8364.1, the BLM will enforce the following closures and 
restrictions within and adjacent to the Burning Man event on the Black 
Rock Desert playa:
I. Event Area Restrictions--Between August 1, 2011, and September 19, 
2011 Inclusive
A. Aircraft Landing
    The event area is closed to aircraft landing, taking off, or 
taxiing. Aircraft is defined in Title 18, U.S.C., section 31 (a)(1) and 
includes lighter-than-air craft and ultra-light craft. The following 
exceptions apply:
    1. All aircraft operations to include ultra-light and helicopter 
landings/take-offs will occur at the designated event landing strip. 
The authorized event landing strip is a designated and Federal Aviation 
Administration approved public strip.
    2. Only helicopters providing emergency medical services may land 
at the designated Emergency Medical Services helicopter pad or at other 
locations when required for medical incidents. The BLM authorizing 
officer may approve other helicopter landings and take-offs when deemed 
necessary for the benefit of the law enforcement operation.
    3. Landings or take-offs of lighter-than-air craft previously 
approved by the BLM authorized officer.
B. Alcohol
    1. Possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage by the 
driver or operator of any motorized vehicle, whether or not the vehicle 
is in motion, is prohibited.
    2. Possession of alcohol by minors
    (a) The following are prohibited:
    (1) Consumption or possession of any alcoholic beverage by a person 
under 21 years of age on public lands.
    (2) Selling, offering to sell, or otherwise furnishing or supplying 
any alcoholic beverage to a person under 21 years of age on public 
lands.
    (b) This section does not apply to the selling, handling, serving 
or transporting of alcoholic beverages by a person in the course of his 
lawful employment by a licensed manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer of 
alcoholic beverages.
    3. Operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence
    (a) Title 43 CFR 8341.1(f)3 prohibits the operation of an off-road 
motor vehicle on public land while under the influence of alcohol, 
narcotics, or dangerous drugs.
    (b) In addition to the prohibition found in 43 CFR 8341.1(f)3, it 
is prohibited for any person to operate or be in actual physical 
control of a motor vehicle while:
    (1) The operator is under the combined influence of alcohol, a 
drug, or drugs to a degree that renders the operator incapable of safe 
operation of that vehicle; or
    (2) The alcohol concentration in the operator's blood or breath is 
0.08 grams or more of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 0.08 
grams or more of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.
    (c) Tests:
    (1) At the request or direction of any law enforcement officer 
authorized by the Department of the Interior to enforce this closure 
and restriction order, who has probable cause to believe that an 
operator of a motor vehicle has violated a provision of paragraph (a) 
or (b) of this section, the operator shall submit to one or more tests 
of the blood, breath, saliva, or urine for the purpose of determining 
blood alcohol and drug content.
    (2) Refusal by an operator to submit to a test is prohibited and 
proof of refusal may be admissible in any related judicial proceeding.
    (3) Any test or tests for the presence of alcohol and drugs shall 
be determined by and administered at the direction of an authorized 
person.
    (4) Any test shall be conducted by using accepted scientific 
methods and equipment of proven accuracy and reliability operated by 
personnel certified in its use.
    (d) Presumptive levels
    (1) The results of chemical or other quantitative tests are 
intended to supplement the elements of probable cause used as the basis 
for the arrest of an operator charged with a violation of paragraph (a) 
of this section. If the alcohol concentration in the operator's blood 
or breath at the time of testing is less than alcohol concentrations 
specified in paragraph (b)(2) of this section, this fact does not give 
rise to any presumption that the operator is or is not under the 
influence of alcohol.
    (2) The provisions of paragraph (d)(1) of this section are not 
intended to limit the introduction of any other competent evidence 
bearing upon the question of whether the operator, at the time of the 
alleged violation, was under the influence of alcohol, a drug or 
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    4. Definitions:
    (a) Open container: Any bottle, can, or other container which 
contains an alcoholic beverage, if that container does not have a 
closed top or lid for which the seal has not been broken. If the 
container has been opened one or more times, and the lid or top has 
been replaced, that container is an open container.
    (b) Possession of an open container includes any open container 
that is physically possessed by the driver or operator, or is adjacent 
to and reachable by that driver or operator. This includes but is not 
limited to containers in a cup holder or rack adjacent to the driver or 
operator, containers on a vehicle floor next to the driver or operator, 
and containers on a seat or console area next to a driver or operator.
C. Drug Paraphernalia
    1. The possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited.
    2. Definition: Drug paraphernalia means all equipment, products and 
materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for 
use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, 
manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, preparing, testing, 
analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, 
injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human 
body a controlled substance in violation of any State or Federal law, 
or regulation issued pursuant to law.
D. Disorderly Conduct
    1. Disorderly conduct is prohibited.
    2. Definition: Disorderly conduct means that an individual, with 
the intent of recklessly causing public alarm, nuisance, jeopardy, or 
violence; or recklessly creating a risk thereof:
    (a) Engages in fighting or violent behavior.
    (b) Uses language, an utterance or gesture, or engages in a display 
or act that is physically threatening or menacing, or done in a manner 
that is likely to inflict injury or incite an immediate breach of the 
peace.
    (c) Obstructs, resists or attempts to elude a law enforcement 
officer, or fails to follow their orders or directions.
E. Eviction of Persons
    1. The event area is closed to any person who:
    (a) Has been evicted from the event by the permit holder, Black 
Rock City LLC, (BRC LLC) whether or not the eviction was requested by 
BLM.
    (b) Has been ordered by a BLM law enforcement officer to leave the 
area of the permitted event.
    2. Any person evicted from the event forfeits all privileges to be 
present within the perimeter fence or anywhere else within the event 
area even if they possess a ticket to attend the event.
F. Fires
    The ignition of fires on the surface of the Black Rock Playa 
without a burn blanket or burn pan is prohibited.
G. Fireworks
    The use, sale or possession of personal fireworks is prohibited 
except for uses of fireworks approved by BRC LLC and used as part of a 
Burning Man sanctioned art burn event.
H. Motor Vehicles
    1. The event area is closed to motor vehicle use, except as 
provided below.
    Motor vehicles may be operated within the event area under these 
circumstances:
    (a) Participant arrival and departure on designated routes;
    (b) Vehicles operated by BRC LLC staff or contractors and service 
providers on behalf of BRC LLC. During the event, from 12:01 a.m. 
Monday, August 29, 2011, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 5, 2011, 
these vehicles must display evidence of event registration at all times 
in such manner that it is visible to the rear of the vehicle while the 
vehicle is in motion;
    (c) BLM, medical, law enforcement, and firefighting vehicles;
    (d) Mutant vehicles, art cars, vehicles used by disabled drivers 
and displaying disabled driver license plates or placards, or other 
vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and operated within the 
scope of that registration. Prior to the commencement of the event and 
official issuance of registration documents, such vehicles may be 
operated for arrival, testing and demonstration purposes only. During 
the event, from 12:01 a.m. Monday, August 29, 2011, through 11:59 p.m. 
Monday, September 5, 2011, such vehicles must display evidence of 
registration at all times in such manner that it is visible to the rear 
of the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion;
    (e) Motorized skateboards or Go-Peds with or without handlebars.
    2. Definitions:
    (a) A motor vehicle is any device designed for and capable of 
travel over land and which is self-propelled by a motor, but does not 
include any vehicle operated on rails or any motorized wheelchair.
    (b) Motorized wheelchair means a self-propelled wheeled device, 
designed solely for and used by a mobility-impaired person for 
locomotion.
I. Public Camping
    The event area is closed to public camping with the following 
exception: Burning Man event ticket holders who are camped in 
designated areas provided by BRC LLC, and ticket holders who are camped 
in the authorized pilot camp. BRC LLC authorized staff, contractors, 
and BLM authorized event management related camps are exempt from this 
closure.
J. Public Use
    The event area is closed to use by members of the public unless 
that person: Possesses a valid ticket to attend the event; is an 
employee or authorized volunteer with the BLM, a law enforcement 
agency, emergency medical service provider, fire protection provider, 
or another public agency working at the event and the employee is 
assigned to the event; is a person working at or attending the event on 
behalf of the event organizers, BRC LLC; or is authorized by BRC LLC to 
be onsite prior to the commencement of the event for the primary 
purpose of constructing, creating, designing or installing art, 
displays, buildings, facilities or other items and structures in 
connection with the event.
K. Waste Water Discharge
    The dumping or discharge to the ground of gray water is prohibited. 
Gray water is water that has been used for cooking, washing, 
dishwashing, or bathing and contains soap, detergent, food scraps, or 
food residue.
L. Weapons
    1. The possession of any weapon is prohibited.
    2. The discharge of any weapon is prohibited.
    3. The prohibitions above shall not apply to county, State, tribal, 
and Federal law enforcement personnel, or any person authorized by 
Federal law to possess a weapon. ``Art projects'' that include weapons 
and are sanctioned by BRC LLC will be permitted after obtaining 
authorization from the BLM authorized officer.
    4. Definitions:
    (a) Weapon means a firearm, compressed gas or spring powered pistol 
or rifle, bow and arrow, cross bow, blowgun, spear gun, hand-thrown 
spear, sling shot, irritant gas device, electric stunning or 
immobilization device, explosive device, any implement designed to 
expel a projectile, switch-blade knife, any blade which is greater than 
10 inches in length from the tip of the blade to the edge of the hilt 
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machetes), or any other weapon the possession of which is prohibited by 
State law. Exception: The regulation does not apply in a kitchen or 
cooking environment or where an event worker is wearing or utilizing a 
construction knife for their duties at the event.
    (b) Firearm means any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, or other 
device which is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel a 
projectile by the ignition of a propellant.
    (c) Discharge means the expelling of a projectile from a weapon.
II. Public Closure Area
A. Between August 1, 2011 and September 19, 2011, Inclusive
1. Public Camping
    The public closure area is closed to public camping.
2. Discharge of Weapons
    Discharge of weapons as defined in paragraph (L)(2) of Section (I) 
is prohibited.
B. Between August 29, 2011 and September 5, 2011, Inclusive
1. Aircraft Landing
    The public closure area is closed to aircraft landing, taking off, 
or taxiing except as described in paragraph (A) of Section I.
2. Disorderly Conduct
    Disorderly conduct as defined in paragraph (D)(2) of Section I is 
prohibited.
3. Eviction of Persons
    (a) The public closure area is closed to any person who:
    (1) Has been evicted from the event by the permit holder, BRC LLC, 
whether or not such eviction was requested by BLM.
    (2) Has been ordered by a BLM law enforcement officer to leave the 
area of the permitted event.
    (b) Any person evicted from the event forfeits all privileges to be 
present within the public closure area even if he or she possesses a 
ticket to attend the event.
4. Fireworks
    The use, sale or possession of personal fireworks is prohibited.
5. Public Use
    Public use is prohibited, except for:
    (a) passage through, without stopping, the public closure area on 
the west or east playa roads; and
    (b) pedestrians with Burning Man tickets outside the fence.
6. Motor Vehicles
    The public closure area is closed to motor vehicle use, except for 
passage through, without stopping, the public closure area on the west 
or east playa roads. Motor vehicle is defined in paragraph (H)(2) of 
Section (I).
7. Waste Water Discharge
    The dumping or discharge to the ground of gray water is prohibited.
8. Weapons
    The possession of any weapon as defined in paragraph (L)(4) of 
Section (I) is prohibited except weapons within motor vehicles passing 
through the closure area, without stopping on the west or east playa 
roads.
    Any person who violates the above rules and restrictions may be 
tried before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $1,000, 
imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both. Such violations may 
also be subject to the enhanced fines provided for at 18 U.S.C. 3571.

    Authority:  43 CFR 8364.1.

Gene Seidlitz,
District Manager, Winnemucca District.
[FR Doc. 2011-15818 Filed 6-23-11; 8:45 am]
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