U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
August 18, 2011
In Reply Refer To:
8270 (240) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 08/19/2011
Information Bulletin No. 2011-085
To: All BLM Employees
From: Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
Subject: National Fossil Day, October 12, 2011
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is once again celebrating National Fossil Day (NFD) during Earth Science Week, October 9-15, 2011. This year, the American Geological Institute’s (AGI) Earth Science Week theme is “Our Ever-Changing Earth” that encourages the public to explore the natural world and learn more about the geosciences. This theme will also engage young people and the public in learning more about the natural processes that shape our planet over time. See http://www.earthsciweek.org/ for more information.
The NFD was established by the National Park Service (NPS) in response to the Omnibus Public Land Management Act, Paleontological Resources Preservation Subtitle (16 U.S.C. 470aaa) that requires the Federal land managing agencies to create programs that increase the public's awareness of the significance of paleontological resources. The NFD is part of the BLM's Heritage Education strategy to promote public education about the importance of paleontological resources in order to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.
BLM National Fossil Day Website: The BLM’s Division of Cultural, Paleontological Resources and Tribal Consultation (WO-240) will use the BLM paleontology web page to post information and links about NFD events at: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/CRM/paleontology.html.
National Fossil Day Resources and Activities: Field Offices are encouraged to participate in the NFD by:
Events already being planned in conjunction with NFD include:
In addition, the AGI is co-sponsoring an art and photography contest with its NFD partners, "Fossils in my Backyard." Rules and more information can be found at http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/art_contest.cfm.
The BLM's Printed Materials Distribution Section (PMDS) has the following paleontological education materials available in support of your activities:
These additional brochures are out of stock at the PMDS, but may be available in your local office or public room:
As NFD approaches, please keep checking the BLM WO NFD web page for additional information on available materials and updated event information. Keep updated about all the NFD events at the NPS NFD web page at http://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/index.cfm. The web page highlights planned activities, contains ideas for holding events and activities, and links to partner web pages. The NFD logos are also available digitally for banners, artwork, and presentations.
To have your event included on the BLM NFD web page or if you have any questions, please contact Lucia Kuizon, National Paleontologist, BLM WO-240, at 202-912-7253, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Edwin L. Roberson Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning
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