Rainbow Family Taking Residence in Manistee National Forest

CLOSE TO ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE — CALLING MANISTEE NATIONAL FOREST “HOME” FOR THE NEXT WEEK AND A HALF.

PEOPLE FROM THE RAINBOW FAMILY CHOSE THE NATIONAL FOREST TO HOLD THIS YEAR’S WORLD PEACE CAMPING TRIP.

THE GROUP IS USING A SECTION OF THE MANISTEE NATIONAL FOREST IN WEXFORD COUNTY.

THE FOREST SERVICE EXPECTS CLOSE TO ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE TO SET UP CAMP NOW THROUGH THE FOURTH OF JULY.

<<26 it does bring a lot of people into the area. They come from a range of social and economic backgrounds and that’s very different from what we’ve seen on the forest in the past.

THE MANISTEE NATIONAL FOREST – IN UNCHARTED TERRIROTY – WHILE THEY WELCOME THE RAINBOW FAMILY.

NONE OF THE CAMPERS WANTED TO TALK ON CAMERA – BUT SAY THEY LIKE TO LIVE SIMPLE AND PROMOTE PEACE IN COMMUNITIES.

A MAIN PRIORITY WHILE THEY’RE IN THE FOREST? HAVING ENOUGH ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER.

25:34 we are talking with them on a daily basis and discussing their request and what we’d like to do is work out an operating plan with them so we can lay out how we’d address all those concerns

THE WEXFORD COUNTY SHERIFF IS ALSO WORKING WITH THE FOREST SERVICE — THEY’RE DOING ALL THEY CAN TO MAKE SURE THE RAINBOW FAMILY – AND PUBLIC — IS SAFE DURING THIS TRIP.

41:22 we have developed response plans if there’s need of medical the forest service has negotiated a medical extraction site we’ve also identified a landing zone in case there’s need of helicopter for medical reasons

THE TRIP CULIMINATES WITH A CEREMONY ASKING FOR WORLD PEACE ON JULY 4TH.

26:49 and probably within a few days most of them will be packed up and moving on but we’ll expect that they’ll leave a team behind that will work on cleaning up the forest area

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Close to one thousand people are calling Manistee National Forest “Home” for the next week and a half.

People from the Rainbow Family chose the national forest to hold this year’s world peace camping trip.

The group is using a section of the Manistee National Forest in Wexford county.

The Forest Service expects close to one thousand people to set up camp now through July 4.

“It does bring a lot of people into the area. They come from a range of social and economic backgrounds and that’s very different from what we’ve seen on the forest in the past,” says Ken Arbogast, the forest’s public affairs officer.

The forest is in unchartered territory while they welcome the Rainbow Family. None of the campers wanted to talk on camera, but say they like to live simple and promote peace in communities.

A main priority while they’re in the forest? Having enough access to clean water.

“We are talking with them on a daily basis and discussing their request and what we’d like to do is work out an operating plan with them so we can lay out how we’d address all those concerns,” says Arbogast.

The Wexford County Sheriff is also working with the Forest Service. They’re doing all they can to make sure the Rainbow Family and public is safe during this trip.

“We have developed response plans if there’s need of medical. The Forest Service has negotiated a medical extraction site, [and] we’ve also identified a landing zone in case there’s need of helicopter for medical reasons,” says Wexford County Sheriff Gary Finstrom.

The trip culiminates with a ceremony asking for world peace on July 4.

“And probably within a few days most of them will be packed up and moving on but we’ll expect that they’ll leave a team behind that will work on cleaning up the forest area,” says Arbogast.