U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
May 15, 2012
In Reply Refer To:
8270 (240) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 05/115/2012
Information Bulletin No. 2012-079
To: All BLM Employees
From: Chief, Division of Cultural, Paleontological Resources and Tribal Consultation
Subject: National Fossil Day, October 17, 2012
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is once again celebrating National Fossil Day (NFD) during Earth Science Week, October 14-20, 2012. This year, the American Geological Institute’s Earth Science Week theme is “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences” that encourages the public to gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences, and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This theme for Earth Science Week 2012 will boost awareness about the geosciences and the many exciting career and job opportunities in the geological field. See http://www.earthsciweek.org/ for more information.
The NFD was established by the National Park Service (NPS) in response to the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470aaa-2) that requires Federal land managing agencies to create programs that increase public awareness of the significance of paleontological resources. The BLM has made NFD part of its Heritage Education strategy to promote public education about the importance of paleontological resources as part of our Nation’s heritage in order to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.
National Fossil Day Resources and Activities: Field Offices are encouraged to participate in NFD by:
BLM National Fossil Day Web Page: You should begin planning your events in conjunction with the NFD as soon as possible. The link will be: http://blm.gov/tdkd or
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/CRM/national_fossil_day.html. If you would like your event posted on the BLM NFD web page, please forward the information to Lucia Kuizon at email@example.com.
Be sure to check the NPS NFD web page at http://nature.nps.gov/geology/
nationalfossilday/index.cfm) that highlights planned activities, shows this year’s artwork and logo, contains ideas for holding events and activities (including this year’s art and photography contest), and links to partner web pages.
National Fossil Day Funding: The Washington Office (WO) has some support funding for Field Offices hosting NFD events. Please contact Lucia Kuizon with your proposals by July 30, 2012.
Other Resources: The BLM's Printed Materials Distribution Section (PMDS) has the following paleontological education materials available in support of your activities:
These additional resources are out of stock. New versions are being developed at the PMDS, but may be available in your local office or public room:
As the NFD approaches, keep updated about all the events nationwide at the NPS and the BLM NFD web pages. To have your event included on the BLM NFD web page, to request funding, 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:
Richard C. Hanes Robert M. Williams
Chief, Division of Cultural, Paleontological Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Resources and Tribal Consultation