WINNEMUCCA – State and federal agencies are urging visitors recreating on Nevada’s public lands to do so safely and follow regulations as we head into the high use summer season.
“The BLM continues to serve the public while doing our part to address COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of visitors, surrounding communities and staff,” said Black Rock Field Manager Mark Hall. “Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and recommendations from state and local public health authorities, we are promoting responsible public recreation to limit the spread of the virus.”
In addition to working to reduce the spread of COVID-19, land managers are also hoping to reduce impact on emergency medical services, which are already stretched thin in many rural communities, by encouraging land users to minimize risk.
Fire restrictions are already in place throughout the state, and as always, fireworks are prohibited on all Nevada Public Lands. In some sensitive areas, such as the Black Rock Desert, other precautions are urged including use of a fire pan, a fire blanket, or safely raised barrel to have fires on the playa to reduce scarring.
Additionally, the public is asked to continue following Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly principles.
Visitors should also be aware Trego Hot Springs has tested positive for disease causing organisms and may pose a severe risk to human health.