DATE: February 12, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2007-33
FOR RELEASE: February 12, 2007
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ARCHAEOLOGY SITE PRESERVATION
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Elko Field Office is offering a one-day
Archaeological Site Steward Workshop on Saturday March 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
at 3900 East Idaho Street. The purpose of the workshop is to train volunteers to help BLM and other agencies preserve and manage sensitive cultural resources in Nevada through a regular monitoring program. The workshop is free and the public is invited.
“This is a great opportunity to help protect archaeological sites,” said Jill Jensen, BLM archaeologist and regional program coordinator for northeastern Nevada.
“Northeastern Nevada has so many sites that we cannot keep an eye on all of them without help from the public,” said Jensen. “Nevada has a rich and intriguing past spanning more than 10,000 years. As one of the fastest growing states in the nation, our population growth brings an increasing need to ensure the remains of our past are ensured for future generations.”
The Nevada Archaeological Site Stewardship Program is managed by the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office. Partners in the project include the Nevada Archaeological Association, Nevada Rock Art Foundation, BLM, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
After completing the workshop, volunteers are asked to work in pairs and agree to visit a specific site or sites two to four times a year. The first site visit will be with a professional archaeologist who will show the volunteers how to get to the site and how to do the monitoring.
Students under 18 may become a site steward if they participate in the program with a parent or guardian. To register for the workshop, call Jill Jensen (775) 753-0378 or email Jill_Jensen@blm.gov by March 3, 2007.