U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
January 26, 2012
In Reply Refer To:
8100 (240) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 01/31/2012
Information Bulletin No. 2012-033
To: All Field Officials
From: Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
Subject: Resource Guide for Site Steward Partnership Programs
This Information Bulletin (IB) disseminates information to encourage stewardship programs for monitoring the condition of archaeological sites, trails and historic structures, and to assist state and field units in starting or improving volunteer stewardship programs.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reports to the Department of the Interior (DOI) on the condition of archaeological sites and historic structures, in accordance with the performance measures that support the DOI Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2011-2016 Mission Area 1, Goal 2, Protect America’s Cultural and Heritage Resources. In reporting conditions, public lands resources benefit from partnerships that recruit, train, and oversee volunteer site stewards. In fact, most monitoring of cultural properties on BLM-administered lands is accomplished by Site Steward, Trail Steward or Adopt-a-Site volunteers, augmented by the BLM cultural and recreation specialists, law enforcement rangers, and the Civil Air Patrol. With additional training and education, some Site Stewards can also assist the BLM staff with cultural resource inventory and recording. Site Stewards have also assisted with travel management actions, such as signing roads and trails, and reporting on current road and trail conditions.
At a national level, the BLM partners with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to administer the Preserve America Stewards program that provides recognition for volunteer site stewards programs. The following BLM partners have received the First Lady’s Preserve America Steward designation: San Juan Mountains Association, the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership and Public Lands Institute, Kaibab Vermillion Cliffs Heritage Alliance, the New Mexico Site Watch, and Passport in Time.
Recent publications by the Department of Defense and the National Park Service have identified the some key components of a successful site steward program. Links to the publications are found in Attachment 7.
Key Components of a Successful Site Steward Program:
More detailed information is attached for your reference and use as appropriate, including examples of the BLM’s successful site steward partnerships (Attachment 1); samples of a site steward partnership agreement document (Attachment 2); sample training plan (Attachment 3); sample code of ethics and confidentiality agreement (Attachment 4); sample monitoring forms (attachment 5); a comprehensive program check list (Attachment 6); and links to selected resources available from other agencies (Attachment 7).
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Robin Hawks Robert M. Williams
Acting, Assistant Director Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning
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