WINNEMUCCA — Visitor and staff safety concerns have prompted the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Black Rock Field Office to cancel this weekend’s Black Rock Rendezvous, which was scheduled to start today.
“Although we all need the rain,” said Black Rock Field Manager William Mack, “the storms this week and today, with more forecast for the weekend, could make this event risky for staff and volunteers as well as the cultural, historical and natural resources of the area. Safety always comes first, so we are doing the prudent thing and canceling the Black Rock Rendezvous for this weekend.” Safety concerns include standing water on roadways and mud slicks that make vehicle access difficult, especially while hauling trailers. Traffic on muddy roads also causes ruts, erosion, and other resource damage.
The annual event, co-sponsored by Friends of Black Rock High Rock, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, and Nevada Outdoor School, offers a three-day, environmentally friendly, camp-out event for volunteers to start off the summer season. For more information about the event, please visit the Friends of Black Rock’s web page at: http://blackrockdesert.org/blackrockrendezvous/.
The BLM and partners hope to announce when the event might be rescheduled at a later date.