State recruiting 'site stewards' to help monitor public lands

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Updated: 9/07/2013 8:19 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Increasing numbers of people visiting Nevada's public lands is creating an overload of work for archaeologists and other state employees who monitor them.

So several state organizations are coming together to enlist citizens to volunteer as site stewards - a group that works to protect Nevada's land and lend a hand during tough economic times.

"Right now the BLM and federal agencies are under sequestration so funds are really tight, said Jason Wright, an archaeologist for the Bureau of Land Management.

Wright said they have their hands full monitoring Nevada's historic sites.

"We have 4.8 million acres just in the Carson City district office alone and there's two archeologists," Wright said.

So Samantha Rubinson of the state historic preservation office is recruiting and training site stewards to give the archaeologists a hand.

"They can't be there every day," Rubinson said. "So the stewards help by going out and keeping an eye on those places."

"The more eyes and ears that we can get on the ground the better we can help protect the sites," Wright said.

Rubinson said they have 350 active stewards and they're always looking for more.

"We like people who are outdoorsy, people who really want to learn," Rubinson said.

Rayette Martin said these volunteers play a key role in protecting Nevada landmarks.

"They let everybody know what is actually happening in our outdoors, everything from vehicles driving where they shouldn't be to graffiti on sitesm to people actually taking things," Martin said.

It's a job Martin said is vital.

"They're non-renewable resources," she said. "This is all we have."

Martin said anyone who is out exploring and sees something damaged or missing should report it. If you want to take it a step further and become a steward, click here for more information.
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Kramer - 9/8/2013 1:26 PM
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either "An" increasing number of... "is" or Increasing numbers...of people "are" .EDIT. how about those whackos who stole the petroglyph boulder off of Peavine? stupid!

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