CASSP Annual Report for 2017 (download the 2017 annual report with photos as a two-page PDF).

small marker1. Organization
The California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program (CASSP) is a network of concerned people who are committed to protecting California’s rich cultural heritage. Under CASSP, trained volunteers from the public regularly visit assigned archaeological and historical sites located on public lands and record their conditions. The volunteers are supervised by the local archaeologists at the agencies responsible for those lands.
CASSP is supported by many members of the Society for California Archaeology (SCA) and of the CASSP Committee. The CASSP Committee often meets during the SCA annual meeting; the public is welcome.

small marker2. Highlights from 2017
The most important parts of CASSP are the achievements of the volunteer site stewards, who are working all across the State. Their enthusiasm, dedication, and skills are making a real difference, and their efforts keep growing. Over the past year, site stewards reported that they gave more than 3,538 volunteer hours. When other CASSP volunteer activities are included, the total value of donated time in 2017 is greater than $100,000. Thanks to all!
At the March SCA Annual Meeting, over 30 people attended the CASSP panel discussion organized by Barbara Tejada, State Parks archaeologist, to discuss “Best Practices for Site Stewardship”. Panelists shared their perspectives on starting a site stewardship program, how to engage volunteers after the training, maintaining interest and enthusiasm among your site stewards, and coordinating stewardship activities with other agency archaeologists. Everyone agreed that volunteers help protect sites by reporting current conditions on sites that staff do not have time to visit. Panelists also recognized that spending time with the site stewards is critical for maintaining the program. This can be done with social gatherings such as BBQs, by sharing discoveries and views with the stewards by e-mail or by a site steward newsletter, and by awarding parking or agency passes to site stewards who qualify with enough volunteer hours. Thanks to panelists Dennis Palm, Ventana Wilderness Association; Linn Gassaway, Lassen National Forest; Robin Connors, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park; George Kline, BLM Palm Springs Field Office; Ashley Blythe, Inyo National Forest; Beth Padon, Discovery Works, Inc., and Barbara Tejada, and all the audience members for participating in this forum.
Several site stewards participated at the CASSP poster session at the annual meeting, including Dan Mosier and Jason Kanar presented their recent findings at Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area. Their discoveries included the Chinese cemetery and a prehistoric bedrock mortar. Site stewards from the Friends of Public Lands Cabins presented a poster about their work to repair and protect late 19th to early 20th century mining cabins in the Mojave. Rich Abele prepared their poster and Jerry Kazynski and Dennis Holschlag presented it at the meetings. The poster by Karen Lacy and Michael DeGiovine, site stewards and workshop trainers for CASSP, explored future initiatives for CASSP. Beth and Chris Padon’s poster reviewed 18 years of volunteer site stewardship activities. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the CASSP poster session. Also we thank the agency archaeologists: Elise McFarland, and Ashley Blythe for their involvement with these volunteers.
In October, as part of Archaeology Month, CASSP volunteers joined agency archaeologists Karen Klemic and Eraina Nossa of the Cleveland National Forest at a potluck. Thanks to site stewards Mary and Martin Jespersen, Tom Scanlan, Eugenie Newton, and Joanne Odenthal for their continued support of site stewardship with the Cleveland National Forest.
Site stewards also participated in the Southern Data-Share at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. BLM archaeologist George Kline and one of his site stewards, Martin Jespersen, prepared a talk on the Green Hill Site, near the Salton Sea. This site had been the location of a lightening fire, which exposed a very large archaeological site. Fortunately, several site stewards helped George with documenting and recording this site before erosion or vandalism could further damage the site.
For David Robinson’s presentation on virtual reality (VR) models for the cave rock art at the Wind Wolves Preserve in Kern County, site steward Jon Picciuolo served as David’s able assistant. Jon wore a headset and used hand controls to explore the VR model; the projector displayed his view on the screen so that all of us could see what Jon saw.
Volunteer training workshops.
This year, one volunteer training workshop was held in Lake Oroville, and attracted 25 participants. We thank Northern Buttes District of California State Parks for funding this workshop. The new CASSP coordinators, Karen Lacy and Michael DeGiovine, conducted this workshop and agency archaeologist, Brian Walsh hosted it. The Northern Buttes District is one of the largest districts within California State Parks and it has a large and very active team of volunteer site stewards. Thanks to all site stewards, new and old, at the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area for their commitment to site protection.

small marker3. Plans for 2018
For 2018, CASSP will participate in public events at the 2018 SCA Annual Meeting. Look for the CASSP poster session on Saturday morning, March 10, and the CASSP committee meeting immediately after the poster session in the same room. We look forward to seeing you there.

Please check the CASSP web site ( for the latest on the program. Questions about CASSP can be sent to Karen Lacy at, or by calling Beth Padon at (562) 595-3995.
Submitted by Beth and Chris Padon, for CASSP committee to the SCA Board, March 8, 2018.