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    PSA: Rainbow Gathering at Bull Mountain Area

    Just spreading the word that there is a national Rainbow Gathering in the Bull Mountain area. For those unaware, these are gatherings of 10,000-20,000 plus who camp in the national forests nationwide every summer for 3-4 weeks.

    Expect significant disruptions to the forest and the awesome trail network there. More info here https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE...eprd583472.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonQuixote View Post
    Just spreading the word that there is a national Rainbow Gathering in the Bull Mountain area. For those unaware, these are gatherings of 10,000-20,000 plus who camp in the national forests nationwide every summer for 3-4 weeks.

    Expect significant disruptions to the forest and the awesome trail network there. More info here https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE...eprd583472.pdf
    Hopefully it will turn out the way it did in Summit County Colorado and here (see url) This was a long time ago but still hoping their purpose rings true.
    rainbow family.
    United States Forest Shoal Creek Ranger District
    Department of Agriculture Service
    450 Hwy 46 Heflin, AL 36264 (205) 463-2272
    Reply to: 2300 / 2600 / 7700 / 6700

    To: The Rainbow Family
    Your cleanup and rehabilitation efforts following the 1993 National Rainbow Gathering on
    the Shoal Creek District has met or exceeded our expectations. We commend those
    Rainbow family members who have stayed these past weeks to work with us , in a spirit of
    cooperation, to return the site to as close a natural condition as before the gathering.

    As you know, one of our greatest concerns during the gathering was to minimize potential
    impacts to threatened and endangered mussels in Shoal Creek. On July 16, the biologist
    from United States Fish and Wildlife Service surveyed the creek along the areas of
    greatest use. They found no degradation of stream habitat or harm to any individual
    mussels had occurred. Your assistance in stabilizing stream banks after the gathering as
    well as efforts by all Rainbow family members during the gathering to protect these rare
    mussels is appreciated.

    We were also concerned about long term impacts to the Pinhoti National Recreation Trail,
    four miles of which was used heavily during the Gathering. We are pleased that adverse
    impacts are minimal. In the case of the "Cooperation Bridge" built by Rainbows during the
    Gathering, we have decided to move the two sections of bridge to new locations on the
    trail for continued use.

    On our walk through inspections we saw no trash remaining. We acknowledge that your
    cleanup crews also removed some trash that had been on site prior to the Gathering.

    All kitchens have been reclaimed, ovens dismantled and disintegrated, and compost and
    gray water pits filled in. Seed has been scattered and is already coming up in places.

    We found no evidence of latrines, social trails, or campsites remaining.

    There will be some rehabilitation of the wildlife openings used for bus village and main
    circle that we will have to do this fall. The drought conditions here now and the need to
    deep plow to mitigate compaction does not make the reclamation practical right now.

    In addition, the district will incur some costs to re-grade the main roads into the area
    which have wash boarded badly as a result of the extensive traffic during the gathering.

    All things considered, we are very pleased with the overall cleanup effort. I know that
    many hard hours in the Alabama heat went into reclaiming the gathering site. Our personal
    thanks to those individuals who made the reclamation effort and cleanup a success.

    Sincerely,
    /-s-/
    EMANUEL HUDSON
    District Ranger

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