In an effort to reduce damage to archaeological and paleontological sites in the Monument, Partners designed and coordinates the Site Steward Program. Volunteers are trained to inspect their assigned sites for signs of damage caused by natural erosion, animal activity, looting, or vandalism. Conditions are reported to BLM archaeologists at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Kanab Field Office.
Site Stewards have been trained in proper procedures for monitoring and documenting impacts to sites in Kane County and Garfield County. These sites include petroglyph and pictograph panels, storage granaries, farmsteads, and other habitation sites. The program is working with BLM scientists to add paleontological sites to the monitoring program.
The volunteers who make this program possible are major contributors to the protection and preservation of Utah’s invaluable cultural and scientific resources. For information about the program or to volunteer, contact Brian Storm at firstname.lastname@example.org or 435-644-2724.