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.
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.
Statement of Purpose
- Prevent cultural resource destruction from acts of nature, theft, or vandalism
- Utilize the knowledge, skills, and abilities of New Mexico's citizens
- Raise awareness of historic preservation's value through education and outreach
- Promote cooperation among communities, agencies, and individuals statewide
- Organize citizens into a group to make a measurable difference in their quality of life
- Stewardship of an irreplaceable resource in perpetuity
- Enhance our knowledge of New Mexico's unique history
Frequently Asked Questions
Please call Jessica Badner at 505-476-6160, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org