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1997 Rainbow Family National Gathering
U.S. Forest Service Final Report
Issues, Discussion, and Recommendations
- Issue: Should the annual Rainbow Family gathering be managed as a recreation event with a law enforcement presence, or as a law enforcement event with a resource presence?
- Issue: The organization necessary for managing future Rainbow Family Gatherings should be determined once the Washington Office determines whether the event is to be managed as a recreational event or law enforcement event.
- Issue: Our requirements for a signed Special Use Permit create an air of confrontation and anxiety, has little to do with the success, or lack thereof, of gathering management, and costs far more in litigation than it is capable of accomplishing on the ground.
- Issue: Notification of State Agencies (or lack thereof)
- Issue: Communications
- Issue: Funding for management of the 1997 Rainbow Family Gathering was inadequate. This contributed to the inability to appropriately charge as worked during this event.
Rich Carver and Rock Gerke
Operations Section Chiefs (Resources)
Central Oregon Incident Management Team
David Summer, Safety Officer
Dan Wood, Medical Unit Leader, Rainbow Incident
in the Administration of the Non-Commercial Group Use Permit
Project Name and Objective: LE Flight. To observe the Rainbow gathering at Indian Prairie
Anticipated Project Date: June 27 to July 15
Compensable travel is a complex issue and requires that each situation be individually reviewed for proper application of Title 5 and FLSA rules and regulations.
Rainbow Family National Incident, June/July 1997
From: Gary Burnett, Health Division
Drinking Water Section Eastern Region
Oregon Department of Human Resources
- Memorandum, June 20, 1997
- Memorandum, June 22, 1997
- Memorandum, June 29, 1997
- Memorandum, July 4, 1997
- Memorandum, July 6, 1997
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