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Rainbow Family gathering cost Forest Service $575K

With cool nights in the Colville National Forest, many Rainbow Family followers sleep communally around campfires. About 300 Rainbows are attending this regional gathering, but a national gathering next year could attract thousands to a Washington state forest. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
With cool nights in the Colville National Forest, many Rainbow Family followers sleep communally around campfires. About 300 Rainbows are attending this regional gathering, but a national gathering next year could attract thousands to a Washington state forest. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

PUBLIC LANDS — My last family outing to a national forest was not this expensive…

USFS tab for Rainbow Family gathering in Montana was $575,000

The U.S. Forest Service spent approximately $400,000 providing law enforcement at the Rainbow Family gathering in July in Montana, and another $175,000 in administrative tasks.
— Montana Standard




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