Paper: 'Rainbow Family' making good on restoration pledges

Paper: 'Rainbow Family' making good on restoration pledges
People arrive at the site of the Rainbow Family Gathering 30 miles east of Cougar, Wash. in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest on Friday July 1, 2011.



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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - All but a few of the Rainbow Family members are long gone from the national forest in southwest Washington, east of Mount St. Helens, where about 20,000 gathered in the first week of July in a counter-cultural festival of peace.

About 50 remain behind to fill in fire pits and trench latrines, to re-seed trampled areas and to haul away trash - after separating anything that can be recycled.

The Daily News of Longview reports Rainbow members have covered all the cleanup costs.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest officials are optimistic that Skookum Meadow will be restored to its natural state.


Information from: The Daily News,