Regulations: A New BLM Curation of Paleontological Resources OPLA-PRP requires that BLM is currently developing Paleontology paleontological resources collected regulations to implement the Law under a permit remain United States OPLA-PRP. property and must be preserved for the public in an approved repository, P.L. 111-11, Title VI, Subtitle D, to be made available for scientific Sections 6301–6312, 123 Stat. 1172, research and public education. 16 U.S.C. 470aaa Confidentiality of Locality Data In order to protect the resource from theft and vandalism, OPLA-PRP Paleontological Resources U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR requires that the nature and location Ma BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT na of paleontological resources on public lands be kept confidential. gin Preservation under gF os sils Prohibited Acts and Penalties on Pu the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009 bli cL Theft and vandalism to publicly an owned paleontological resources ds Paleontology results in a loss to all of the people of the United States. Civil penalties include fines based on value of the paleontological resource, The full text of the OPLA-PRP is and damage to the fossil as well as to available at: the land. Criminal penalties include Bureau imprisonment up to 5 years or fines, or www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/prog/more/cultural/ of both. Paleontology.html Land Management For more information visit: www.blm.gov Paleontological Resources Preservation By passing the Omnibus Public Lands Act, Paleontological Resources Preservation subtitle (OPLA-PRP), Congress has recognized the value of paleontological resources on public lands as a natural and irreplaceable part of America’s heritage. What is a Management of Do I need a What about Paleontological Paleontological Permit to Collect Hobby Resource? Resources Paleontological Collecting? Resources? OPLA-PRP defines a Under OPLA-PRP, Casual collecting paleontological resource paleontological A paleontological of common as: any fossilized resources must resource use permit invertebrate and remains, traces, or be managed and is required to collect plant fossils will imprints of organisms, preserved on paleontological continue to be preserved in or on public land using resources of scientific allowed without scientific principles interest. Collections a permit for the earth’s crust, that and expertise. made under a noncommercial are of paleontological Appropriate plans paleontological personal use. Check interest and that provide must be developed resource use permit with local BLM offices information about the for inventory, remain the property for specific areas that history of life on earth. monitoring, and of the United States are identified for the scientific and and will be preserved hobby collecting. educational use for the public in an of paleontological approved repository, Public Awareness resources. In the to be made available and Education BLM, management for scientific research of these resources and public education. Programs to increase will emphasize public awareness interagency about the significance coordination and of paleontological collaborative efforts resources are required with partners, the under OPLA-PRP. The scientific community, BLM will establish and the general opportunities and public. update existing programs to offer more information about paleontological resources on public lands.