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Protect history at Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

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Members of the public will participate in a archaeological site steward training workshop on June 21-22, to be presented by the California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program (CASSP).

These new volunteer stewards will assist the Sierra District Cultural Resources Program with cultural resource inventories and visit assigned historic and prehistoric sites, providing additional protection for sensitive cultural State Parks resources by reporting damage or impact.

Volunteers do not enforce laws that protect archaeological and historical resources, nor do they write tickets.

"Volunteers provide additional eyes and ears in the field," said California State Parks archaeologist Scott Green.

More than 1,000 people from all ages and backgrounds have attended CASSP training workshops, including individuals with degrees in anthropology, Native American backgrounds, or community members who are simply interested in historic preservation.

All share the enjoyment of the outdoors and the concern heritage resources need to be protected.

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Site stewards sign a confidentiality agreement to not reveal sensitive information about site locations. Site stewards who are working in the California State Parks Sierra District will enroll in the California Volunteers in Parks Program (VIPP). They receive training about safety, laws that protect archaeological and historical resources, Native American perspectives, how to be a good witness and how to interact with other members of the public.

Pre-register for the June 21-22 training. Register by sending your name, phone number and email address to Beth Padon, CASSP Coordinator at 562-427-3474 or bpadon@discoveryworks.com. Workshop fee is $25 and will be collected at the door. Space is limited.

Volunteer site stewards are located in many areas of California, with hundreds of sites on public lands administered by the National Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service.

More information about CASSP is available at http://www.cassp.org.