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Archaeological site stewardship workshop offered Sept. 7

By ThisIsReno

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FALLON -– The State Historic Preservation Office, Nevada Site Stewardship Program, is pleased to announce a Stewardship Workshop to be held at the Churchill County Museum (1050 South Maine Street, Fallon, NV) on September 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.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 that trains site stewards to become vital “eyes and ears” for public land management agencies.

The workshop includes an overview of Nevada’s rich history and provides insight into how Nevada’s 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 by reporting vandalism and other activities that could harm archaeological and paleontological sites. Volunteers who attend this workshop will receive a 2013 certification for stewarding in Nevada.

“Anyone who enjoys being outdoors, likes to hike, is willing to collaborate with both state and federal agencies and has a love for the past should consider attending this workshop,” said Rebecca Palmer, state historic preservation officer. “Site Stewards play an essential role in maintaining the integrity of Nevada’s archaeological, paleontological and historical sites for generations to come.”

To reserve a seat, please RSVP to Rayette Martin at 702-486-5011 or [email protected]

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is an agency of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The Department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors by actively conserving, protecting, managing, and enhancing the state’s natural resources in order to provide the highest quality of life. For more information on the State Historic Preservation Office, please contact Samantha Rubinson, Nevada Site Stewardship Coordinator, at 702-486-5011 or visit the Nevada SHPO website at nvshpo.org.