BLACK ROCK CITY BOARDWALK - Leave No Trace Plan 2010
About Our Camp
Camp Name : _Black Rock City Boardwalk
History, background: _95% of the people in our camp have been to Burning Man for at least 5 years, understand and practice LNT principles and are very water conservative
Estimated Population: __25
Nature and scale of our activities: We have visual displays and arcade style games that have no small or messy parts.
We are also having 3 supervised events where our team will be in attendance to monior guests and clean up all moop.
As a camp we will:
•Practice the 5 R’s: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Restore, and Respect
•Keep our camp clean before, during and after the event
•Adopt the seven principles and practices of Leave No Trace at Burning Man
•Do what is necessary to protect and restore the Black Rock Desert
•Identify potential problems and issues that may arise
•Create a strategy or plan for Leaving No Trace
•We will educate all camp members about minimizing our impact on the playa
How we will organize for Leave No Trace
Our LNT leadership and structure:
Fairy Jill is our team leader. She will lead our team of J's, Joe, Jay, June & Jill, to make sure the LNT principles are followed in our camp.
We hereby designate __Fairy Jill as the Ambassador to the Black Rock Desert and leader of our Leave No Trace Team, J Team-Joe, Jay, June & Jill. The team will help plan our purchases, what we bring to the playa, and encourage us to reuse, recycle, reduce and restore our materials. They will think about how we and all of our stuff will get to the playa and make it home again. The team will keep our camp clean and fun before, during and after the event and delegate and enlist help when it is needed.
They will be responsible for cleanup and trash management in our camp, including activities and parties we host. They will see that our gray water does not impact the playa. They will make sure that all camp members understand and agree with the policies and practices of Leave No Trace at Burning Man.
They will oversee daily tasks and will have a plan in place when we get ready to leave, when it's time to break down and sweep our camp for every last trace. The Abassador will make sure EVERYTHING left goes with us.
The Ambassador will encourage our participation in community line sweeps and restoration with our neighbors and DPW.
_Joe Cool, will oversee our camp breakdown and cleanup
Our Commitment to Leave No Trace
To minimize our impact on the Playa, we will follow these rules:
Before the event
•We pledge to Leave No Trace in and around our campsite, including our own and others’ waste.
•We will read the survival guide, complete our camp’s Leave No Trace Plan and share it with the entire camp.
•We will plan the assembly and takedown of our structures and decorations and tape the edges of our carpets
•We will inventory vehicle space so that we can pack out everything
•We will take the packaging off of just about everything and stock up on reusable producs and containers
•We will shop for simple finger foods and prepare meals in advance to reduce waste.
•We will bring no glass, cheap trinkets, small feathers, and anything that might get left on the playa
During the event
•We will check our camp daily
•We will clean as we go, realizing that any trash or MOOP (matter out of place) can blow away or be buried at any moment.
•We will keep our recyclables, burnables, and non-burnables clearly separated for easy disposal,
•We will recycle our aluminum, either on-site or back home
•We will have special cleanup crews for any high traffic activities we host and take care of any trash left by guests, invited or otherwise.
•We won’t leave trash in or around the port-o-potties
•We won’t light fires on bare ground or dig pits, leaving scars. If we must burn, we’ll use a public burn barrel or burn platform
•We will burn only clean untreated wood or paper (nothing synthetic) and follow the safety guidelines for fires and burn scar prevention.
•We won’t dig large holes or trenches
•We will keep all items tied or weighted down, and leave papers at home.
•We will not dump any grey or black water on the playa
•We will encourage members of our camp to carry a personal trash (MOOP) container and a cigarette butt container when they are outside camp.
After the event
•We will put aside time and have designated volunteers for the final cleanup
•We will take all trash in sealed containers to a landfill on the way home.
•After cleaning our camp, everyone in our camp will devote at least two hours to the general city cleanup (e.g. trash fence, local port-o-potties, café, etc).
•We will leave extra space in every vehicle on the way to the desert, knowing that repacking will inevitably take up more space and ensure that no items can detach during the ride home.
•We will pack out everything, including any unevaporated gray water and scum
•We won’t put trash in or around the port-o-potties
•We will help out our neighbors and fellow citizens
We will be Good Neighbors
•We will encourage our guests to bring their own beverage containers.
•We will help out our neighbors
•We will adopt the space around our camp, making sure that it stays traceless
•We will help careless or forgetful campers
Here's how we’ll do it
Design our camp in a way that is easy to keep clean: All of our boardwalk art frontage is staked to the playa with no flimsy fly away parts. All small parts will be securly encased (oddities and curiosity portals). We are not bringing any old ratty rugs, funiture.or tarps that would fall apart. We will have a large trash can wuith a secure lid available for trash. One of our J's will monitor it regularly. Our campers are required to keep thier own areas clean. Our team will monitor common space regularly and make sure it is kept clean. We will bring plenty of extra garbage bags to keep loose items contained for the trip home.
We will select materials and decorations for our camp that lessen waste and are recyclable or reusable.
We always take our stuff home as we reuse it over again and again.
Create a detailed plan for the breakdown/cleanup of our camp, accounting for every board, stake, and scrap, and pack necessary tools and supplies:
We oganize and take down our public display as a group. WE HAVE CONTAINERS FOR ALL OF OUR SMALL BITS AND PIECES,STRINGS AND THINGS AND SPECKS AND FLECKS. Once our frontage is gridded and demooped, then and only then, campmates will be permitted to begin packing and clean-up of thier personal space. Each campspace grids and demoops thier own areas. Before BLC Boardwalk is vacated we will grid off and demoop the entire area again, including the street and all surrounding vacated areas.
Have a plan for proper disposal of our grey water, including containers to haul out what’s left:
Most of our campers have self contained units with holding tanks. We also bring a couple of extra grey water tanks which we haul home. Everyone practices extreme water conservation and all are encouraged to bring thier ware back home. If we do have a little to sprinkle we make sure that it is filtered and sanitized first.
Plan enough space and storage in our vehicles for trash hauling:
We make sure that everyone has secure space for taking home all thier trash plus any extra we clean up.
We will explain the ground rules to all camp members and post our LNT plan on our website.
We will bring the following items for camp operations
Separate, sealed containers for recyclables, burnables, and non-burnables, a found bin and signage and tags.
•Reusable dinnerware and utensils, including a portable coffee cup for the café
•A large water container for camp water supplies (no small containers)
•5-gallon bucket and painter’s mesh for wet kitchen scraps.
•Containers for Grey water disposal
•Containers for smokers’ butts
•Tarps or other floor covering to ‘catch’ any items that drop
We will bring the following items for our camp’s breakdown and clean-up
•Big whiskbroom and push broom
•Flat blade shovel for burn scar restoration or dune MOOP
•Large Landscape Rake and smaller rakes for sweeping though dust piles
•Stiff long handled broom for breaking up dunes
•Rope and string for tying loose stuff down.
•Small spare bags for collecting trash as we wander.
•Lots on industrial strength trash bags: more than we think we'll need.
•Cheap work gloves for everybody.
•Long-handled sledgehammer for compacting 5-gallon buckets and driving stakes.
•Vise grips for removing stakes and rebar.
•Directions and hours of landfills and RV water dump stations
•Magnets to remove every last nails, staples, scrap of metal.
•Vehicles and/or trailers to haul everything out
Packing Out and Restoration of Our Site
•We will take away everything we brought with us plus a few things we didn’t know we’d have.
•Our restoration team will use cones on the outside of our camp’s border to define our boundaries, break up any dunes that formed around vehicles or structures, then divide up our area and begin line sweeps.If we don’t have enough folks on our team to form one line across the site, we will break our space up into smaller areas and have each restoration volunteer deMoop their area.We will pick up all woodchips, broken glass, plastic debris, metal debris, fire works and plant material. We complete restoration of any hotspots (micro-MOOP collections), or burnscars.
•We will try to give a helping hand to our neighbors
Black Rock Desert Restoration
•We will each perform at least 2 hours of community clean-up
•We will pitch in with our fellow citizens and community service teams to restore the natural characteristics of the playa in our neighborhood, removing all burn scars, dunes, leftover debris, or other physical traces of our presence.
•We will participate in DPW line sweeps and local restoration efforts.
•We will volunteer for and support ecological protection and restoration of the Black Rock Desert