Forest Service meets with Rainbow Family, no decision on location of gathering


DEER LODGE, Mont. - Officials with the U.S. Forest Service tells NBC Montana the Rainbow Family has not indicated to them a final location for this year's gathering.

The Forest Service tells us they have been in contact with organizers. They explained that there has been an open dialogue between the group and the government and they are working out details.

One of the details the Forest Service is looking at specifically is the impact of a large group of people on the forest.

The last gathering in Montana drew more than 20,000 people.

Cass Cairns is the Incident Manager for the gathering. She explained it's "definitely a very open dialogue, and our law enforcement folks have been communicating with them ever since they started looking for different potential sites.  So it is a good working relationship, and it's to make sure whatever site is selected is going to be the most suited to the gathering."

Once a final location is determined people from across the country will begin to show up.

The festival peaks over the Fourth of July holiday.

Some folks have been critical of the event saying it damages the forest and creates undue stress on local communities.

Members of the Rainbow Family told us they work to leave the land in the same condition they found it in.

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