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Permits and Partner Resources

A paleontologist must have a valid paleontological resource use permit before collecting or disturbing fossil resources on BLM-administered lands.  To be eligible for a permit, the applicant must have received formal education and professional instruction in a field of paleontology equivalent to a graduate degree and meet other requirements as specified in the permit application.  

Permits are processed in the state where they will be used.  Check with the local office for details.

Museum Collections

All fossils and associated notes that are collected under a paleontological resource use permit must be transfered to a publically accessible curation facility.  All permittees must have an agreement with a  repository before they will be considered eligible for a permit.