Forest Service update on Rainbow Family Gathering

Here’s the July 1, U.S. Forest Service update on the Rainbow Family Gathering.

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In the afternoon of June 29, the Rainbow Family moved to a new location on the Beckwourth Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest approximately 12 miles north of Beckwourth, California. The new location is near the intersection of Forest Road 28N01 and 26N70 in an area that has been used as a fire camp in the past.

The Forest Service is in discussions with the Rainbow Family of Living Light on applying for a special use permit for noncommercial group use. Until a special use permit for noncommercial group use is signed the gathering is considered unauthorized.

Current attendance at the new site is estimated at 853 people.

The previous location of the Unauthorized Non-Commercial Group Use Incident was on the Mount Hough Ranger District approximately 5 miles north of Antelope Lake Recreation Area in Plumas County.

For the protection of natural, tribal and cultural resources, concerns about fire danger, public health and sanitation and upholding permitted special uses, the Plumas National Forest issued Forest Order 05-11-02-24-05 on June 26, 2024, prohibiting anyone from being in any portion of the Indian Creek Headwaters Area and Road Closure Order on the Mount Hough Ranger District. The initial gathering site falls within this closure area. The Forest Order is being evaluated daily to determine the appropriate time to lift the order to resume general public use of the area. Current attendance at that site is estimated to be approximately 80 individuals.

Many of the attendees at the initial gathering site have left although some were given additional time to remove their belongings. The Forest Service will work with local tribes, resource staff, affected stakeholders, and the community to assess and restore the damage that occurred there.

For a map and additional information on the Rainbow Gathering Incident, visit public safety, the Forest has issued Forest Order 05-11-01-24-01 on June 30, 2024, to reduce the speed on Forest Road 28N01 to 15 mph from where Forest Road 28N01 intersects with Forest Road 26N70 to where Forest Roads 28N01 intersects with 25N31 on the Beckwourth Ranger District. The order went into effect July 1, 2024.