Annual N.M. SiteWatch Conference
Sunday, May 15th, 2016
Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe
New Mexico SiteWatch trains citizen volunteers to assist land-management agencies and their preservation partners, including the Historic Preservation Division, in the protection of New Mexico’s cultural resources. It is a network of trained volunteers who monitor prehistoric and historic resources on public, private and tribal lands in their communities. Archaeological sites, historic buildings and places, trails, neon signs, bridges and structures are adopted by site stewards who routinely monitor them for signs of erosion, wear and tear, vandalism, and looting.
Mission Statement: With involvement from the public, we can regularly monitor our cultural resources and preserve them for future generations.
SiteWatch is founded on the belief that preserving New Mexico’s cultural heritage builds community, and enhances our quality of life by making the past part of our present-day lives. The program is funded through an annual appropriation of the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund, and assistance from preservation partners. Minimal state monies are available, or used, to operate HPD SiteWatch.
What do NM SiteWatch volunteers do? A site steward’s primary tasks are to regularly visit local cultural sites to monitor and report on their condition. Reports provide land managers with crucial information about the condition of the resources, allowing volunteers to make a real contribution to the protection of New Mexico's cultural resources. In the process, they visit places most people only read about. With advanced levels of training, stewards also may assist agency archaeologists with pedestrian surveys for new sites, and monitor construction or other project activities proximate to known sites that could be damaged. Persons unable to visit sites due to handicap, location, or any other reason, still can contribute. SiteWatch has a real need for volunteers to visit classrooms, provide training, perform clerical duties and serve as a conduit for feedback to the program coordinator.
TAS SiteWatch Program
TAS has a team of volunteer Site Stewards to help monitor and protect some of the wonderful cultural resources found here in the Upper Rio Grande area. We're working closely with BLM, Carson National Forest, and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Land Managers. The list is a mix of Pueblo ruins, petroglyph and historical sites. We all feel honored to be able to visit some areas that are not well known, but of great cultural value.
As the list of sites in need of monitoring grows, we also need to grow our list of volunteers. This program is open to anyone who has an interest in the preservation of archaeological sites, historic buildings, and other cultural resources and is willing to abide by the Stewards' Code of Conduct. To become a NM SiteWatch Site Steward, an individual must submit an application and agreement form (subject to background check), and complete the "Introduction/Orientation to Site Stewardship" class.