Crews clean up in wake of Rainbow Family Gathering

Posted at 9:04 PM, Aug 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-07 23:04:52-04

NORTHERN UTAH -- After the 8,000 people at the Rainbow Family Gathering packed out of the Uinta National Forest, the group left behind a cleanup crew.

Thousands of pounds of garbage, trampled trails and plants, temporary kitchens, fire pits and slit trenches were all taken care of.

The Forest Service says the Rainbow Family left the 1,300 acres of land they were camping on in great condition. And because of their thorough cleanup, in addition to a lot of rain in the past month, vegetation is growing back better than expected.

“I think it has rebounded quite well with all the vegetation,” said Jeff Schramm, District Ranger Heber Canvas Ranger District. “We've had a lot of moisture in the past weeks, and that’s definitely helped with the recovery of the land and all of the garbage has been picked up.”

Officials with the Forest Service said there is no additional cleanup necessary on the land.