The State Historic Preservation Office, Nevada Archaeological Site Stewardship Program is pleased to announce a Stewardship Workshop to be held on May 11 at the Thompson Opera House in Pioche from 9 a.m. to 3p.m. This workshop is free of charge and is open to all who are interested in volunteering to help protect Nevada’s heritage.

Increased visitation to Public Lands has overwhelmed archaeologists and law enforcement officers. The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service have joined with the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office to create a statewide volunteer site stewardship program. The state office trains site stewards to become vital “eyes and ears” for public land management agencies.

Site stewards are crucial to the preservation of the archaeological, historicand paleontological resources that are abundant throughout the state. Adults who enjoy being outdoors, like to hike, are willing to collaborate with both state and federal agencies and have a love for the past should consider attending this workshop.

The workshop will include an overview of Nevada’s rich history and provide insight into how our heritage is at risk. Stewards are educated on the latest laws related to historic preservation so they can work with their local authorities to prevent further damage through reporting vandalism and other activities that could potentially harm archaeological and paleontological sites. Volunteers who attend this workshop will receive a 2013 certification for stewarding in Nevada.

“Site Stewards play an essential role in ensuring Nevada’s archaeological, paleontological and historical sites maintain their integrity for generations to come” said Rebecca Palmer, acting state historic preservation officer.

Image courtesy Nevada Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources

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