Alumna Delivers Presentation on Preservation
By Shauna Mecartea
(Left to right) Duane Christian, BLM Bakersfield Archaeologist, Liz Werden and Pilulaw Khuz-Zurate, Chumash Elder, Bear Clan.
On January 31, 2009, Liz Werden, Conservation Program alumna, presented the final presentation for the Painted Rock project in Morrow Bay, CA to the Carrizo National Monument Native American Advisory Committee. The presentation included final results of a baseline condition assessment survey, environmental monitoring, and condition change summary which has ocurred at the site over the past hundred years. The work at this sacred location focused on integrating cultural significance with the scientific study of rock art sites and aimed to partner community driven goals with preservation documentation. In the feedback session of the presentation, Werden was informed that the project represented "the highest ethical standard" and that a formal recommendation by the advisory committee will be written on her behalf. The Painted Rock project will be used to guide future collaborative work at the site and serve as a foundation for future monitoring efforts by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Congratulations, Liz!