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By Joe Green


February 11, 2016 (Alpine) -- Alpine is in danger of losing a piece of its cultural history. Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) is working to protect a unique cultural resource at Wright’s Field in Alpine and in February 2016, the organization is hosting an emergency fundraiser to help save this important archeological site for future generations.


This 250-year old rock “cistern” was built by hand and used to collect fresh water for homesteaders in Alpine during the Mexican “Rancho” period.  Due to recent heavy rains and continued human disturbance, the rock walls are now collapsing and we are in danger of losing this unique cultural resource forever.


BCLT is asking the public to help protect this important cultural site from needless destruction.  Several experts are volunteering their time to consult on the technical aspects of preserving these historic resources. Retired archeologist Dr. Jamie Cleland will provide his input as a career expert in the field to ensure ‘best practices’ are used in preservation techniques. Geologist Patrick Williams is providing input on soils, hydrology, and geomorphology, Ecologist Scott McMillan has volunteered his expertise, and BCLT Director Jim Crouch is donating the tools and equipment to implement this project as quickly and effectively as possible. 


Donations can be made in any amount to BCLT and all funds raised will go directly to pay for time and materials needed to implement immediate archeological preservation efforts at Wright’s Field. This includes any practical repair and restoration of cultural resources, filling with clean sand (to prevent collapse or vandalism), barrier fencing, and signage.


To make a contribution toward preserving these important archeological resources, consider a donation of time or money to Back Country Land Trust.  Financial contributions can be made to Back Country Land Trust, PO Box 1148, Alpine, CA 91903.  Those interested in volunteering their time should contact BCLT for details - by phone at 619.504.8181, or by email at


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