Hey there sports fans, MOOP maniacs and line sweepers extraordinaire. The Hun here, reporting from Gerlach where Burning Man is entering its final inning.
Though the festival ended weeks ago for most, the brave men and women of the DPW Playa Restoration crew have stayed behind to make sure this epic year ends in an epic win. To do that, they’re picking up every single piece of MOOP in town, making sure Burning Man honors its commitment to Leaving No Trace.
This is the crew that makes sure Black Rock City passes its annual inspection by the Bureau of Land Management, so we can do it all again next year. The stakes are high, and the standards are higher — but your Restoration team is strong and experienced, and they haven’t lost a game yet.
Like I said, this is the final inning and that inspection date is less than three weeks away. The Restoration team’s success depends on all the people who came before, all those valiant Burners who picked up errant water bottles and tucked their cigarette butts into their socks, who stayed an extra hour to MOOP their campsites.
And oh yes, the people of Black Rock City are just as dedicated to Leaving No Trace as the Restoration crew is. For proof, we turn to the MOOP Map, an annual chart showing the cleanliness of the city as DPW Playa Restoration found it.
Here’s how it looked in 2010:
That’s one clean city, folks.
Now in years past, we used to make you wait for weeks, even months while we compiled all the data, fact-checked, watched instant replays and made abso-totally sure the MOOP Map was complete. This year, you won’t have to wait. I’ll be giving you daily reports and fresh updates from the front lines, as we fill in the MOOP Map block by block.
Follow the line sweepers across the playa in (almost) real time! Bite your knuckles in anticipation as the front line approaches your camp! Cheer on the brave MOOPers as they comb the desert for lost earrings, glowstick connectors and pine needles!
And be sure to tune in around October 6, when we’ll be announcing the results of the BLM inspection. Will Burning Man happen next year? It’s all up to the valiant and vigilant DPW Playa Restoration team.
Stabby bravely leads Restoration MOOPers across the wide white desert.
There are some 90 team members out walking the desert as I file this report. They’re strong. They’re weird. And they’re all amped up on the Leave No Trace mentality.
These are the people in charge of your future, Black Rock City. They’re the walking, MOOPing, hot-pants-wearing representation of your integrity, your ideals and your highest wishes for environmental stewardship.
As we go, I’ll tell you more about your team members, how they do what they do so well — and how you can support the Burning Man home team in 2012 and beyond.
I’ll be back tomorrow with our first report. Get pumped, sports fans. Put yourself in a MOOPin’ mindset with this short educational video created by DPW’s own Patches the Jew.
The Hun, also known as J.H. Fearless, has been blogging for Burning Man (and many other outlets) since 2005, which is also the year she joined the BRC DPW on a whim that turned out to be a lifetime commitment.
Since then she's won some awards for blogging, built her own creative business, and produced some of the Burning Blog's most popular stories and series. She co-created a grant-funded art piece, "Refoliation," in 2007, and stood next to it watching as the Man burned on Monday. She considers that, in many ways, to have been the symbolic end of Burning Man that was.
The Hun lives in Reno with DPW Shade King, Quiet Earp. You may address her as "The Hun" or "Hun". If you call her "Honey" she reserves the right to cut you.