Rainbow Family Gathering
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prevents, among other things, curtailing freedom of speech and requires the right to peaceably assemble. With this in mind comes the announcement from the Rainbow Family of Living Light that they have selected the Bull Mountain area of the Chattahoochee National Forest for their annual gathering. This event will occur from now until after July 4 and our area will be an access point. Please be aware that neither Lumpkin County nor the US Forest Service is legally able to prevent this gathering. The majority of impact will be to Forest Service land, but the gathering may be as large as 20,000 people, which will also cause local impacts. Forest and county roads, especially in the Nimblewill area, are expected to be very congested during the event and road closures and/or traffic detours should be expected. It is recommended that you avoid the access points for their campsite as much as possible.
The Forest Service is mobilizing a national incident management team with experience managing these types of events. The team is working in unified command with the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, DNR, and Georgia State Patrol to manage this event. For more information, follow @ChattOconeeNF on Twitter and Facebook, download the forest’s free mobile app for your smartphone or tablet, or visit them on the web at www.fs.usda.gov/conf.