Important Information About Collecting Fossils
There are plenty of opportunities to collect fossils of plants and invertebrate animals on public lands in the Bighorn Basin and throughout the West. However, each Federal and State agency has slightly different rules - VERY important rules - about what can and cannot be collected.
The information on this site is thorough, but not exhaustive, so be sure to do your homework before you head out on your next paleo-adventure!
Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages millions of acres across the West. They also manage, preserve, and protect paleontological resources on public land using scientific principles and expertise. They are our most important partner in just about everything we do.
U.S. Forest Service
The U.S. Forest Service also manages large swathes of land across the West, and like the BLM, is dedicated to protecting and managing our paleontological resources.
- Application for Permit and Authorization for Paleontological Resources Research or Collection FS-2800-22A (v09/2012)
- Authorization to Conduct Paleontological Resources Research or Collection FS-2800-22B (v09/2012) DEMO COPY
- Paleontological Investigation Report Form FS-2800-22C (v09/2012)
- Paleontological Specimen Data Form FS-2800-22D (v09/2012)
Bureau of RECLAMATION
The Bureau of Reclamation has recognized the importance of fossil resources for over 100 years. They have documented 180 paleontological sites on its lands, and maintains 25,000 fossils in museum collections.