Bureau of Land Management Proposes Crackdown on Burning Man, Including Drug Searches

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"Ursa Mater" aka "Mama Penny Bear" on the Playa at Burning Man.  (Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Ferguson)

The Bureau of Land Management proposed new rules last month regarding Burning Man, the week-long arts event and temporary city built annually in Black Rock City, Nevada. The draft mandate, which is open for public comment until April 29, would impose new fees and environmental rules, as well as require organizers to hire a private security contractor to search for weapons and illegal drugs. Burning Man organizers say the proposals would "spell the end of the event as we know it." We'll take up the issues.


Brian Doherty, senior editor, Reason Magazine; author, "This is Burning Man"

Jennifer Kane, reporter covering arts, culture and Burning Man, Reno Gazette Journal