The West was once considered vast and empty land, much of which no one wanted. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is the steward of a quarter of a billion acres of public land — leftover land thought to be of no use. Today those wild western lands are highly valued and appreciated — now the land that everyone wants. The BLM encompasses the essential conflict of the old and the new west.
In a barren and harsh desert, partygoers pass through dry sagebrush where cowboys move cattle. They are on their way to Burning Man, an annual counter-culture arts festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert that attracts 25,000 people. Many dress in outlandish costumes and build sculptures that they burn …[ … ] Read The Full Story