class discussion sessionFor one exercise, participants at the 2019 Ukiah workshop formed several small groups to discuss how they would react in various site stewardship situations.

field tripThe 2019 Ukiah workshop participants visited an archaeological site on the second day, and recorded their site stewardship observations.

Site stewards record their observationsSite stewards usually go into the field in pairs. These volunteer site stewards are comparing their observations.

First CASSP workshopThe first CASSP volunteer training workshop was held in 1999 at the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office, with archaeologist Judith Reed.

CASSP is the California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program, where trained volunteers work with professional archaeologists to protect archaeological and historical resources by regularly visiting sites to record and report changes. CASSP is not a government program; it is administered by the Partners for Archaeological Site Stewardship, a not-for-profit company incorporated in California.

In order to become a CASSP volunteer, you must attend a two-day, training workshop (see how to join). Pre-registration must be made by e-mail, mail, or phone as soon as possible, but no later than the Monday before the workshop (see registration). The volunteer training workshop fee is $25 per person. Attendance usually is limited to 25.

small marker(updated January 2020) We held a CASSP volunteer training workshop for BLM Ukiah Field Office on September 28-29, 2019. BLM archaeologist Chris Lloyd hosted the workshop at the Donald and Sylvia McLaughlin Reserve in Lower Lake. Established in 1993, the reserve is a part of the Natural Reserve System at the University of California, Davis. On the second day of the workshop, we visited a nearby sit, where participants made a trial site stewardship visit. A big thank you goes out to Chris Lloyd, the Donald and Sylvia McLaughlin Reserve, and everyone who helped with and attended the workshop! We also thank the BLM California State Office and the BLM Ukiah Field Office for making this workshop possible.

small marker(updated January 2020) More and more, archaeologists are recognizing the importance of public support for site preservation. We gratefully acknowledge the support that Michael DeGiovine has received from Material Cultural Consulting <> for his involvement in CASSP.

small marker(updated January 2020) We have not yet scheduled CASSP workshops for 2020; they are contingent on funding. But if you are interested in attending a future CASSP volunteer training workshop, then please send an e-mail message to the CASSP coordinators, Karen Lacy or Michael DeGiovine, and we will put your name on the list of people to contact as soon as future workshops are scheduled.