The monument's enabling legislation, signed on October 23, 1972 by President Richard M. Nixon, set aside for NPS management, a portion of the widespread Green River Formation. The monument's management documents guide the day-to-day operation in the effort "...to preserve for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations outstanding paleontological sites and related geological phenomena, and to provide for the display and interpretation of scientific specimens." The documents listed require Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Enabling Legislation (68.5kb PDF file)
General Management Plan (3.59mb PDF file)
Long-Range Interpretive Plan (3.47mb PDF file)
Museum Management Plan (354kb PDF file)
Wildland Fire Management Plan (2.22mb PDF file)
Other planning documents include:
Did You Know?
Plant fossils, like palm fronds, tell us that 50 million years ago, southwest Wyoming's climate was much like Florida's is today.