The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Nevada Site Stewardship Program, is pleased to announce a site stewardship basic training class to be held at the Mesquite Recreation Center at 100 West Old Mill Rd, Suite 1, on April 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This workshop is free of charge and open to all who are interested in volunteering to help protect Nevada’s cultural resources.

Increased visitation to public lands has resulted in the need for more 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 SHPO to create a statewide site stewardship program that trains volunteers to become vital “eyes and ears” for public land management agencies.

The workshop includes an introduction to archaeological sites in Nevada 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 2017 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 by April 22 to Rayette Martin at or at 702-486-5011.###
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