Annual Rainbow Gathering To Be Held OnUinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Salt Lake City, Utah June 17, 2014 –The Rainbow Family of Living Light have chosen to hold their 2014 Annual Rainbow Gathering on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Heber-Kamas Ranger District. The gathering site is located approximately 15 mile east of Heber City in the West Fork of the Duchesne area. Participants come from all walks of life drawing anywhere from 10,000-20,000 people. Participants will continue to arrive for the next couple of weeks with the peak population during week of July 4.
The Rainbow Family is a self-described loose knit group of people without leadership or organization who participate in a national gathering once a year. They come from all across the country. Since 1972, the event has taken place on a different national forest annually during a two-week period surrounding the Fourth of July holiday and has grown in size, attracting up to 20,000+ people.
Any event of this size can have significant impacts on traffic, communities, local resources, residents and visitors. Local businesses can expect to see large numbers of Rainbow Family participants visiting stores, buying food and supplies along routes to the gathering site. Areas are expected to be very congested during that time.
The gathering will take place under the conditions and guidelines provided under a Forest Service Operating Plan and collaborated with Rainbow Family members. The Operating Plan will address public health and safety concerns, minimize impacts to natural resources, and outline post-event rehabilitation procedures.
Because of the magnitude of this event, the Forest Service utilizes an agency National Incident Management Team (NIMT) in coordination with local Forest Service personnel to manage the impacts of this event. The Forest Service NIMT has arrived on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and is working with various local agencies to provide first and foremost for employee and public health and safety, followed by managing and minimizing adverse impacts to natural resources.