"I am still very happy with the results of the workshop. All of the stewards have done an amazing job... I have nothing but praise for them all. One of the stewards lives close to Headwaters, and chooses to walk his dog there, so he is informally keeping an eye on the Falk site. That's true dedication!! It is because of him and the Friends group that we learned of recent vandalism at the restored Train Barn. Nothing too serious and we were able to send someone out right away to take care of the problem." - Sharyl Kinnear-Ferris, BLM Archaeologist, Arcata Field Office.

Arcata classroomSharyl Kinnear-Ferris reviews local archaeological resources at the BLM Arcata Field Office workshop..

Arcata field tripParticipants in the 2019 Arcata workshop visited nearby sites on the second day of the workshop.

Arcata participantsThe 2019 Arcata workshop participants assembled for a group picture.

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 (PASS), a 501(c)3, non-profit California corporation. Volunteers serve on lands managed by federal agencies (the Bureau of Land Management. US Forest Service, National Park Service), California State Parks, the Archaeological Conservancy and several Native American Tribes.

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.

CASSP coordinators are Karen Lacy and Michael DeGiovine. Beth Padon chairs the Board of Directors of PASS, and Chris Padon serves as Secretary/Treasurer. For more information about PASS, visit www.sitestewardship.org.

small marker(updated January 2021) End of year report.

As you would expect, the pandemic made last year a challenging time for CASSP. Since last March, we avoided personal contacts, but we maintained e-mail contact with over two hundred CASSP volunteers and archaeologists. We updated the CASSP web site, created a new mailing list at google.groups.com to notify people about CASSP events, submitted four articles about CASSP for the quarterly SCA Newsletter (www.cassp.org/stories.html) and distributed last year’s annual report (www.cassp.org/annualreport.html), and participated in the first, online, national, site stewardship workshop (www.sitestewardship.org/events.html).

We also examined some of the accepted ways of doing things at CASSP, and decided to re-structure the volunteer training workshops. Instead of meeting in-person for a two-day weekend workshop, we will present the first-day of the workshop online. It will contain the first-day, classroom parts of the workshop: basic duties of a site steward, safety concerns, confidentiality requirements, archaeological background information, and legal protections for cultural resources. People who participate in the online workshop can register for an in-person field trip at one of the sponsoring agencies, where they visit one or more sites to critically observe and record site conditions. Each workshop will enlist volunteers for three agency offices, and we hope to offer several workshop sessions. We will provide more details through the CASSP events mailing list and on the CASSP website.

Thank you for supporting site stewardship. By protecting irreplaceable resources, you promote better understanding of ourselves and our past. We hope that your holidays were peaceful and safe, and that this new year is filled with good news.