What is the Montana Site Stewardship Program
The Bureau of Land Management, Montana State University
- Prevent destruction of cultural resources due to the acts of nature, theft or vandalism.
- Preserve pre-contact and historic cultural resources for the purpose of conservation, scientific study, interpretation, and for their significance to American Indian people.
- Raise public awareness of the value of cultural resources through education and outreach.
- Support and encourage high standards of cultural resource investigation throughout the state.
- Promote stewardship of irreplaceable resources in perpetuity.
- Enhance communication, understanding, and collaboration among organizations, agencies, tribes, and individuals concerned with the protection of cultural resources.
What do Site Stewards do?
- Site Stewards monitor archaeological sites in danger of vandalism or natural deterioration.
- Report any changes in a site to the professional archaeologist with jurisdiction over the site and working closely with Federal and State agency archaeologists.
- Use observations, field notes, drawings, and photography to record changes over time.
- Community education and outreach concerning the Site Stewardship program and the importance of preserving archaeological sites.
The program seeks volunteers with a strong interest in cultural resource conservation.
To become a Montana Site Stewardship volunteer, you must fill out an application and attend a two-day training workshop. Volunteer training includes classroom instruction and fieldwork.
To register for the workshop contact Dr. Jack Fisher: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (406) 994-5250.
Montana Site Stewardship Training
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