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BLM UT Permittees

General Information for Permittees

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For specific questions, please contact Scott Foss, Regional Paleontologist, 801-539-4272

For specific information for consulting permits click here.

Tips for Faster Processing of Permit

When sending in an application for a new paleontology resource use permit, there are some steps you can follow to make sure your application is processed as quickly as possible.

Hourglass Graphic1. Make sure all of the required documents are included with the application. Some of the common items left out of applications include CV's (for the Principle Investigator and all persons listed on Line 8), a current agreement with a compliant curation facility, a research plan, and appropriate maps of the field area.

2. Plan ahead! If you plan on going into the field during the summer field season, apply early to ensure that you get your permit in time for the planned field work.

3. If you are applying for an excavation permit, allow extra time for processing. Excavation permits require that the Field Office evaluate the project under NEPA guidelines. Sometimes this process can be lengthy, so be aware that it could take longer to get this type of permit.

4. If you have a question, don't hesitate to ask! Sometimes a quick phone call can save time regarding permit issues.

Museum Collections

National MuseumAll fossils and associated notes that are collected under a paleontological resource use permit must be reposited into a compliant curation facility.  All permittees must produce an agreement with such a facility before they will be considered eligible for a permit.

Helpful Tip: The curation costs associated with the specimens deposited in a compliant curation facility under a paleontology resource use permit are the responsibility of the permittee. Make sure that you read the agreement you sign with each repository and understand their terms, conditions, and curation fees.

Annual Reports

All permittees must file an annual report by December 31 of each calendar year.  A separate annual report must be filed for each permit that a permittee holds.  The report should have the following information:

If no field work was conducted during the calendar year an Annual Report Cover Sheet must be submitted, but all other documents may be omitted.

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 All permitted paleontologists must check in with the appropriate BLM field office before beginning field work.