Fossil Stewardship

Paleontological resources or fossils are non-renewable remains of past life preserved within a geologic context. Fossils have been documented in 277 different National Park Service areas and collectively preserve over a billion-year record of life. Fossils possess scientific, educational, recreational, and other values and are protected by federal laws and are an important component of America’s Geologic Heritage

Comprehensive fossil resource management in the National Parks includes several categories of management activities.

Fossil Management Activities—Continued

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Last updated: November 5, 2020

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