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1997 Rainbow Family National Gathering

U.S. Forest Service Final Report

Draft 1


Big Summit Ranger District
Ochoco National Forest

The Rainbow Family of Living Light and US Forest Service have a mutual understanding that the following Operating Plan will be used to work in partnership to assure that the rights of all involved are respected and the resources of the National Forest are protected.


1. The Rainbow Family agrees to sign access routes and parking areas that are agreed upon by the Forest Service and the Rainbow Family. The Rainbow Family will provide parking lot crews to organize, direct, and provide security for parking area and live-in vehicles.

2. The Rainbow Family agrees that all trails will be located in mutually agreed upon areas and to cooperate with the Forest Service to maintain trails within the Gathering site to facilitate the Gathering and rehabilitation of the site. Maintenance should include-rocking, corduoring or construction of bridges across muddy areas, streams, and areas of poor drainage.

3. Parking restrictions are in place along Forest Roads 2630, 150 and FH22 (the Forest Service will maintain signs informing the public of these restrictions). Parking along these roads will be in Forest Service designated areas only. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed at the expense of the vehicle owner.

4. The Rainbow Family will cooperate with the Forest Service to maintain public access and encourage safe driving practices.

5. The Rainbow Family agrees to have no motorized vehicles beyond designated barriers in Indian Prairie. Pedestrian traffic will use the existing road bed for the main trail system and trails will access camping areas, kitchens, latrines and other use areas.


1. Campfires will be attended at all times. Community fires will be encouraged by the Rainbow Family. National Forest camping and campfire information and requirements will be available at information centers.

2. The Rainbow Family will notify the Forest Service as soon as possible of any escaped fire(s).

3. The Rainbow Family will ensure that a shovel & one gallon container of water be placed at each campfire location.

4 The Rainbow Family will provide all members with information regarding resource protection and emergency procedures at the welcoming station and other centers.

5. The Rainbow Family will use only dead and down firewood. To minimize wildlife impacts it is recommended that dead and down firewood not be cut or removed from riparian areas and stream channels.

6. The above fire recommendations are subject to change if the fire danger increases.


1. The Rainbow Family will cooperate with the State of Oregon and other designated health officials to monitor, maintain or exceed the agencies' minimum standards for on-site sanitation and water quality.

2. The Oregon State Health Division recommends all drinking, cooking, and kitchen wash water used on site be treated. The Rainbow Family will recommend that water for drinking and cooking be treated by bringing water to a rolling boil for at least one minute or the use an NSF approved filter such as "KATADYN".

3. Kitchen washing procedures are recommended to be a three-bucket system. The first bucket should be a hot soapy wash, the second a clear hot rinse and the third a lukewarm chlorine rinse (two ounces of chlorine bleach per five gallons of water). Dishes should then be allowed to air dry. A fresh supply of water in all buckets should be provided as water becomes dirty. Kitchen areas will be roped off or otherwise defined. A hand washing station is recommended for each kitchen area. Scrubbing hands vigorously for at least 15 to 20 seconds in a solution of one half capfull of chlorine per gallon of water is recommended.

4. It is required that compost and grey water pits attached to kitchens be covered at all times with 4 milt polyethylene or similar material. It is recommended that compost and grey water pits be located in deeper soils normally found on ridges and side slopes. It is also required that dishes and kitchen utensils be covered when not in use.

5. The Rainbow Family will maintain at least one functioning latrine per 100 people and encourage their use. Slit trench latrines will be a minimum of 72 inches by 12 inches and 36 inches deep. Latrines will be rodent and fly proof. Latrines will be located at least 300 feet horizontal distance from streams and wet areas on drier soils normally associated with ridges, side slopes, and timbered areas. Latrines will be at least 200 feet horizontal distance from kitchens. They will be covered with plywood or similar material and be sealed at the edges with earth. User access will be by trap door through the cover. If water appears in the hole it should be refilled and a new locations identified.

6. Latrines will be monitored by the Rainbow Family and shut down when the contents are within 15 inches of the surface. Buckets of lime and/or wood ash shall be provided by the Rainbow Family for use at all latrine locations. A hand washing/bleaching water station will be at each latrine.

7. Individual sites, including campsites, kitchens, tea houses, and related facilities will be located no less than 150 feet from lakes, streams, and wet areas.

8. On site solid waste dumps are recommended to be located a minimum of 100 feet distance from kitchen areas. They should be totally covered at all times with 4 milt polyethylene or similar material.

9. Vehicles equipped with holding tanks for grey and black water will dump contents in a state approved dumping station.


1. The camp will be designed as much as is practical to minimize -environmental impacts (i.e. high risk wet areas, cultural resource sites, raptor nests, riparian areas) while providing a logical use pattern necessary to facilitate the Gathering.

2. No green timber nor vegetation will be cut unless approved by the Forest Service.

3. The signing of facilities, activities, services, and travel routes in the Gathering area will be done as necessary by the Rainbow Family. Areas restricted from camping and foot traffic for environmental reasons will be identified by the Forest Service, and be signed and flagged by the Rainbow Family. The Forest Service will identify and flag areas of concern (e.g. research and cultural resource sites, etc.) to prevent concentrated use at any one area.

4. All sod and soil from the fire dug-outs will be stored, and to the extent practical, replaced after the Gathering as part of site rehabilitation.

5. The Rainbow Family will monitor kitchen and other activities to assure that soap, disinfectants, medical waste, or any other foreign material, will not be introduced into streams, or other surface waters.

6. The Rainbow Family pets should be under control at all times.


1. Recommendations for scarifying, seeding, fertilizing, and other site rehabilitation will be provided by the Forest Service after July 1, 1997.

2. The Rainbow Family will take appropriate action to have the site and parking areas cleaned up and rehabilitated by no later than August 15, 1997. Family members not authorized for clean-up are subject to the 30 day stay limit which will start on July 7, 1997.


1. Copies of this Operating Plan will be posted by the Rainbow Family at the Gathering Information Center and other suitable locations.

2. The Rainbow Family will establish contact with local agencies, businesses, and organizations to arrange services and supplies, as needed.

3. The Rainbow Family will provide on-site first aid services and be responsible for coordination of emergency medical evacuation(s) with area hospitals.

4. The Rainbow Family Council will maintain a volunteer liaison team for administration agreement matters between the Forest Service and the Council. The Forest Service recognizes that members of the liaison team do not make decisions for the Rainbow Family, but serve to facilitate effective communication between the parties.

5. Individual Family members camping outside the gathering area are subject the 30 day stay limit.

6. The Rainbow Family agrees that the Forest Service accepts no liability for accident, injury, or illness which may occur if a Family member decides to take action on escaped fires or choses not to follow the recommendations in this document.

1. Designated representatives for the Forest Service are:
a. Incident Commander - Mike Lohrey
b. Deputy Incident Commander - Dave Johnson
c. Planning Chief - Lorri Heath
d. Operations Chief Resources - Rock Gerke - Rich Carver
e. Information - Carrie Sammons - Rose Davis
f. Health & Safety - Dave Summer
g. Operations Chief Law Enforcement - John Carpenter
h. Logistics - Chuck Brown
i. Finance - Enid Klenski
j. District Ranger - Susan Skalski

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