Message #304: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Site Steward Program Update Date: Wed, 06 Aug 1997 20:07:33 -0700 Regarding: Message 146 Message 150 Message 151 From: Mary Estes The Arizona Site Steward Program, a network of volunteers trained and certified by the State Historic Preservation Office, Arizona State Parks, monitor archaeological and paleontological sites in Arizona and report vandalism to the various participating land managers, the Pioneer Cemetery Association, and private land owners. Currently, 450 Site Stewards monitor approximately 800 sites around the state of Arizona. Funding Issue: Wonderful News! The funding to support the Site Steward Program for two more years has been raised through the various land managers participating in the program. To date, the land managers have contributed $22,000 to fund the position of the Resource Protection Specialist, which is the offical title of the state program coordinator for the program. We are waiting to hear from our newest partners, the Bureau of Reclamation and Arizona Game and Fish, so the amount could be even higher by the end of the FY. Several private donations from concerned individuals and organizations throughout Arizona and New Mexico were also made to the program. Every dollar has made a difference. The Arizona State Parks Board has approved funding for the remaining costs, or approximately $19,000 annually. Our staff at State Parks is working on agreements with the contributing federal and state entities to formalize these pledges of support. Everyone we talked with and heard from, acknowledges how important and worthwhile this program is and we cannot thank you--our partners--enough for your support. We realize with the current trend of federal and state budget cutting, these partners had to dig deep to come up with money to support this program, and the level of support offered only goes to show how valued the dedication of our Site Steward is, and how much the public agencies feel they benefit from the Stewards efforts at site protection and public outreach efforts (Stewards logged over 1000 hours in 1997 in public outreach/education efforts). New Land Mangers Participating in the Program: In addition to the Bureau of Reclamation, Arizona Game and Fish Department has joined the program, and the Town of Prescott Valley is in the process of getting their agreement through the process to participate. If any of our web site readers know of sites on lands managed by these agencies that are receiving vandalism, please contact Tom Lincoln/Carol Telles with the BOR at 395-5601; and Sue Mortensen with Arizona Game and Fish at (602) 789-3486. Regional Stewards Workshops: Mark September 20 and October 4 on your calendars! Anyone interested in learning more about the Arizona Site Steward Program may want to attend one of these workshops with training sessions on the "Leave No Trace" concept of outdoor skills & ethics. Instructors are Masters of the concept courtesy of the BLM. These workshops are to be held in Camp Verde at the Cliff Palace Casino patio area on Sept. 20, and in Tucson at the Pima County Parks and Rec. facility on October 4. For more information about these free workshops, contact Mary Estes at (602) 542-7143 or
. Quarterly Newsletter: Anyone wanting to receive the voice of the Site Steward Program, the Arizona WATCH, could contact Mary Estes at the above number or E-Mail address. The September issue is now available. Please indicate if you would like to be on the mailing list to receive future issues, and a brochure/application about the Site Steward Program, or if you are interested in one-time issue only just to see who we are and what we are all about.