Rainbow Gathering cost Forest Service $575,000


POSTED: 4:37 PM Sep 22 2013
Rainbow Gathering

The U.S. Forest Service says costs related to the Rainbow Family's annual gathering held this year in southwestern Montana added up to about $575,000 for the agency.
Agency spokesman Tim Walther tells the Montana Standard (http://bit.ly/18MZNXt) that law enforcement expenses totaled about $400,000 and administration another $175,000.
About 10,000 people attended the gathering near Saginaw Creek in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest about 10 miles southwest of Jackson.
The event ran from June 21 to July 7, but some Rainbow members stayed about a month.
The agency says the size of the gathering required additional officers brought in from around the country.
During the gathering, officials made two arrests. They also issued 49 tickets and wrote 399 warning notices for failure to follow Forest Service regulations.