Posted: Jun 22, 2013 9:57 PM by MTN News
Members of the Rainbow Family are slowly filtering into the Beaverhead-Deerlodge forest near Jackson Montana.
Forest service officials say so far more than 500 members of the Rainbow Family have arrived for the national gathering set for July 1 through the 7.
The flow of people into the area is expected to increase over the next week.
A Special Order is in effect designating the closure of several Forest Service roads within the Gathering area.
There is a compliance plan in effect with officials and law enforcement are monitoring the area.
Rainbow Family members are setting up their camp with kitchen areas, a kiddie village, slit trenches, and parking.
So far there have been 23 warning notices handed out, 6 violation notices and 2 arrests.
In June, the U.S. Forest Service learned that the Rainbow Family of Living Light (Rainbow Family) planned to conduct their national annual gathering on the Wisdom Ranger District of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Participants began to arrive at the gathering site, located in the Saginaw Creek area 10 miles south and west of Jackson and Highway 278 in Beaverhead County, within a few days after the Rainbow Family announced their selection of the location.
Efforts to manage this event are being coordinated by the U.S. Forest Service with local agencies. Officials say their goals are to provide employee and public health and safety and minimize the impacts to natural resources.
A series of public meetings will be held to provide information about this event:
· Tuesday, June 25 in Dillon at the Dillon Elementary School Gym at 22 N. Cottom from 6-7 PM.
· Wednesday, June 26 in Wisdom at the Wisdom Community Center from 6-7 PM.
Officials say the weather at the gathering site includes snow and rain. Traffic along area roads is normal.
A Special Order is in effect designating the closure of several Forest Service roads within the Gathering area (see map) for resource protection.