Posted: Jul 23, 2012 4:12 AM by Associated Press
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A California man is appealing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's decision to increase the Burning Man festival's crowd cap on the Nevada desert.
Christopher Brooks' appeal of the agency's increase in the maximum crowd size from 50,000 to 60,900 will be considered by the Interior Board of Land Appeals.
A land sailor from Cotati, Calif., Brooks suggests Burning Man is to blame for dunes that have kept him and others from using the Black Rock Desert for their activities.
He also says Burning Man should not have been "rewarded" with the increase since it was placed on probation by the BLM for exceeding last year's cap.
Burning Man spokeswoman Megan Miller calls the claims "meritless," saying the dunes were not caused by the festival and it undergoes strict scrutiny.
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