By Paul Danielson, Ventana Wilderness Alliance member/volunteer

The Los Padres National Forest "Partnership in Preservation" program may be of interest to you as a Ventana Wilderness hiker and caring conservationist. It is an organization of volunteers whose membership is selected, trained, and certified by archaeologists, historians, and law enforcement personnel of the Forest Heritage Resources Program.

Essentially, it would provide you with the opportunity to monitor and protect a selected site or sites located in the LPNF as your time and inclination dictated.

For example, suppose you wished to be assigned to a Rock Art or Midden site or Historic Restored cabin in the Monterey or Santa Barbara section: you would hike in to it on a monthly or quarterly basis as you were able. You would field check the site for any condition changes such as weathering or vandalism. If it were a newly registered site, you would assist in the inventory or protective restoration work.

Site stewards can work individually or as teams. The program was started in the early 90's in order to enlist the resources of committed wilderness lovers like yourself to assist forest archaeologists in preserving cherished prehistoric and historic sites from needless abuse and loss, as well as educating the public on the do's and don'ts of site enjoyment.

The last training took place on July 1Oth at the Salinan Nation Cultural Center on Jolon Road south of King City. There were twelve people present for the all-day event. On-site field training will follow in order to complete the certification process. If you are interested, please contact Paul Danielson at

or, 831-484-1656

The next training is on SATURDAY, MAY 20th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00p.m. at the Salinan Nation Adobe Cultural Center on the Jolon Road south-east of KingCity.

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The times for the trainings are 9:30am to 4:00pm. I am not certain of luncheon arrangements, although the newsletter notice says potluck at noon Sunday , and last time we enjoyed sandwiches and beverages which were provided. The safest bet would be to bring your own sack lunch.

Directions are as follows :

Traveling north or south on Hwy 101 take the Jolon Rd. turnoff (just north of King City). On Jolon Rd. the Salinan Cultural Center (training location) is located approx. 5 miles south of the Jolon turn-off .

Please let me know which session you would be attending. At this point we are encouraging folks to do Saturday, fill it first, and then a Sunday one if necessary.

Many thanks, Paul Danielson

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