New Paleontology Law (brochure) - Bureau of Land Management

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					                                             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
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of paleontological resources on public
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  Prohibited Acts and Penalties                              on
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    Theft and vandalism to publicly
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                                                                                                                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.

				
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