John Day Fossil Beds
COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH BLM
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
JOHN DAY FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Article I. Background and Objectives
WHEREAS in the John Day region of Eastern Oregon there occurs
a series of geologic formations with paleontological resources
of national and international significance.
WHEREAS the National Park Service (NPS) and the Bureau of Land
Management (BLM), both agencies of the Department of Interior,
manage lands with exposures containing these formations.
WHEREAS there is a need for the proper management, including
inventory, field recovery, identification, stabilization,
preparation, and cataloging, of these resources.
WHEREAS there is an obligation for the proper accountability
for scientific specimens collected from the public lands.
WHEREAS the ability of both agencies to manage these resource
will be enhanced by gathering and sharing information provided
by ongoing and future research efforts.
WHEREAS the NPS and BLM have entered into a national level
Memorandum of Understanding for Planning and Program Coordination
(January 29, 1987), which encourages mutual cooperative resource
WHEREAS the BLM in Oregon/Washington has a paleontological
program policy which encourages the agency to seek opportunities
for management agreements (IM-OR-87-85).
WHEREAS the expertise and facilities required for the appropriate
conservation of these resources exists at John Day Fossil Beds
WHEREAS the NPS and BLM may enter into agreement as authorized
by the Economy Act of 1932, P.L. 97-332, and other authorities.
Article II. Statement of Work
The National Park Services agrees to:
A. Provide technical expertise in the management of paleontological
resources occurring on BLM lands in the John Day region.
- Assist with paleontological surveys.
- Assist in de terming significance of fossil localities and specimens.
- Supply taxonomic and osteological identifications of paleontological
B. Provide curatorial facilities and accountable storage of retrieved
- Specimens must be compatible with the John Day Fossil Beds
National Monument's Scope of Collections statement.
- Specimens stored in the NPS museum collection will receive
NPS catalog numbers.
C. Provide facilities and materials as available, for paleontological
related work such as library research, fossil preparation, computer
records and aerial photography.
The Bureau of Land Management agrees to:
A. Consult with the NPS on activities or actions which could potentially
affect paleontological resources (e.g., land use plans, activity plans,
B. Provide the support and logistical assistance necessary for inventory,
field recovery, storage, preparation, cataloging, and conservation of
objects collected from BLM lands and stored with NPS museum collection.
- Support may include storage cabinets, conservation supplies,
maps, photographs, document folders and other cataloging materials.
- Support may also include the staff assistance or contractual
assistance in performing the tasks relating specifically to specimens
collected from BLM lands.
- Logistical assistance my include transportation and subsistence.
C. Permit NPS staff with authorization from the Superintendent to collect
scientifically significant specimens. Activities involving collection of
specimens will be contingent upon prior approval by BLM.
D. Agree to recognize the value to the scientific community of keeping
the collection intact, however BLM may use other repositories.
Both Agencies agree to:
A. Share paleontological/geological research results.
B. Share graphic information data bases.
C. Ensure the timely consideration of applications for research permits
potentially involving the land bases of both agencies.
D. Meet in the first quarter of each fiscal year to coordinate relevant
Article III. Term of Agreement
This agreement shall be reviewed for modifications, termination, or renewal,
at least every five years.
Nothing in this agreement will be construed as binding upon the Bureau of
Land Management or National Park Service to perform beyond their respective
Article IV. Key Officials
Superintendent, National Park Service, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument,
420 West Main Street, John Day, Oregon 97845.
District Manager, Bureau of Land Management, Prineville District Office,
185 East 4th Street, Prineville, Oregon 97754.
District Manager, Bureau of Land Management, Burns District Office,
74 S. Alvord Street, Burns, Oregon 97720.
Article V. Termination
This agreement may be terminated by either party by providing 90 days
Article VI. Required Clauses
During the performance of this agreement, the participants agree to
abide by the terms of Executive Order 11246 on nondiscrimination and
will not discriminate against any person because of race, color,
religion, sex, or national origin. The participants will take affirmative
action to ensure the applicants are employed without regard to their race,
color, religion, sex or national origin.
No member of delegate to Congress, or resident Commissioner, shall be
admitted to any share or part of this agreement, or to any benefit
that may arise therefrom, but this provision shall not be construed
to extend to this agreement if made with a corporation for its general
In witness whereof each party has caused this interagency agreement to
be executed by an authorized official on the day of the year set forth
by their signatures.
National Park Service
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Bureau of Land Management
District Manager 10-29-87
Bureau of Land Management
Acting District Manager 10-5-87
Last Updated: 30-Apr-2002