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1997 Rainbow Family National Gathering

U.S. Forest Service Final Report

draft 2


on the
Big Summit Ranger District
Ochoco National Forest

The Rainbow Family of Living Light and US Forest Service have a mutual understanding that the following recommendations are offered to encourage protection of public health & safety and provide for resource protection. The intent is to work in partnership insuring that the rights of all involved are respected and the resources of the National Forest are protected. The Forest Service acknowledges that, except for site specific resource and public health advise, information contained in this plan was offered by the Family and the Forest Service agrees to support it. The Forest Service recognizes that the Rainbow Family does not consider this to be a legal or binding contract but an understanding of how to protect health, safety, and natural resources. NOTE: All references to "Rainbow Family" contained in this plan refer to "Participants' attending the "Gathering" not members of a group.


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

2. The Rainbow Family intends to cooperate with the Forest Service in locating trails and to maintain trails within the Gathering site which 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. The Rainbow Family intends to work with the Forest Service to keep road surfaces on the roads listed above clear of vehicles. If the Rainbow Family is unable to keep road surfaces clear of vehicles the Family will mark vehicles to be towed and they will be towed at the owners expense. Those vehicles parked on the road surface in areas designated on the parking map are considered illegally parked.

4. The Rainbow Family intends to 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 is encouraged to use the existing road bed for the main trail system and develop trails to access camping areas, kitchens, latrines and other use areas.


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

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

3. The Rainbow Family is requested to encourage that a shovel & one gallon container of water be placed at each campfire location.

4. The Rainbow Family is encouraged to provide all participants with information regarding resource protection and emergency procedures at the welcoming station and other centers.

5. The Rainbow Family is requested to 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 is encouraged to 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 is encouraged to recommend that water for drinking and cooking be treated by bringing water to a rolling boil for at least one minute or 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. 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 recommended that compost and grey water pits be located in deeper soils (normally found on ridges, side slopes and timbered areas) and they are rodent and fly proof (ie covered) at all times. It is also recommended that dishes and kitchen utensils be covered when not in use.

5. The Rainbow Family is requested to maintain at least one functioning latrine per 100 people and encourage their use. Guides for latrines include: Slit trench latrines a minimum of 72 inches by 12 inches and 36 inches deep; vault latrines a minimum of 36 inches deep; latrines are rodent and fly proof; located at least 300 feet horizontal distance from streams and wet areas on drier soils normally associated with ridges, side slopes, and timbered areas; at least 200 feet horizontal distance from kitchens; covered with plywood or similar material and 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 established.

6. The Rainbow Family is requested to monitor and shut down latrines when the contents are within 15 inches of the surface. Lime and/or wood ash should be provided by the Rainbow Family for use at all latrine locations. A hand washing/bleaching water station is recommended for each latrine.

7. Individual sites, including campsites, kitchens, tea houses, and related facilities should be located no less than 150 feet from 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 rodent and fly proof (ie covered) at all times.

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


1. The camp should 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 or vegetation will be cut unless approved by the Forest Service.

3. The Rainbow Family is requested to sign facilities, activities, services, and travel routes in the Gathering area as necessary. Areas restricted from camping, foot traffic, and other activities for environmental reasons will be identified by the Forest Service and a cooperative effort used to sign or flag those areas to prevent concentrated use at any one area.

4. The Rainbow Family is requested, to the extent practical, to store all sod and soil from fire dug-outs to be used as a part of site rehabilitation after the Gathering.

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

The Rainbow Family pets are encouraged to 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 4 1997.

2. The Rainbow Family should take appropriate action to have the site and parking areas cleaned up and rehabilitated by no later than August 15, 1997. If either the Rainbow Family or Forest Service feel additional time is needed to complete rehab or clean up the above date can be extended.

3. The Rainbow Family is requested to encourage participants to leave the site as soon as possible after clean-up.


1. It is recommended that copies of this Operating Plan be posted by the Rainbow Family at the Gathering Information Center and other suitable locations.

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

3. The Rainbow Family provides on-site first aid services and is encouraged to provide coordination of emergency medical evacuation(s) with area hospitals.

4. The Rainbow Family maintains a "Cooperations Area" where the Forest Service may contact the Family to discuss concerns which arise regarding these recommendations. The Forest Service recognizes that people contacted at "Cooperations" do not make decisions for the Rainbow Family, but serve to facilitate effective communication between the parties.

5. The Forest has a 30 day stay limit for camping in dispersed recreation areas.

6. The Rainbow Family understands that the Forest Service accepts no liability for accident, injury, or illness which may occur if a Family participant 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
k. Resource Advisor - Terry Holtzapple

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