I just received what appears to be a genuine response (at least the return
addresses and headers looked right) to an e-mail sent to Richard Noble, one of
the land speed record participants who are going to be out at Blackrock Playa.
Here it is:
To: "'Perry Hunter'" <phunter>
Subject: RE: Blackrock Playa
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 20:22:38 +-100
Many thanks for mailing me with the copy of the letter you sent to Bud Cribley
of the BLM. I am not sure whether we had the opportunity to meet at the recent
BLM Scoping Meetings held in Reno and Gerlach last week as so many people
turned up. Both meetings ran for four hours with the subject very
At the meeting we took great pains to explain that the basis of our permit
application as for the use of the desert LSR course for September and October
with the LSR course being laid out in July - and we asked for other permitees
help in protecting the course to ensure that it does not become rutted with
Once the full detail became known, and it became clear that all the permitees
could help each other (we are happy to promote your activity and interests on
our web site which now is approaching 1m accesses), I got the impression that
all parties could coexist very easily. The only real concern was from the
Nevada Outdoor Recreation Association Inc and the National Historic Trails
Association both of whom appeared to want the desert closed to all permittees
whilst an extensive EIS was conducted.
The BLM are taking submissions from the public up until April 11th and then we
understand that they plan to make announce their decision in early May.
I very much enjoyed meeting your group with whom I felt we had a great deal in
common being high technology amateur groups pioneering the internet and I was
fascinated by your achievements and ambitions.
Please don't take my word for this but correspond with the following who were
at the meetings:
Thank you for your concern - I very much hope we can all work together.