How To Comment

How To Comment

** Don’t Waste Your Comment! Read our guidelines below prior to commenting. **

The public comment period on the proposed regulations runs until February 6, 2017.

Comments may be submitted via one of two methods.

  1. Online at
  2. Mailed to:  Julia Brunner, Geologic Resources Division, National Park Service, P. O. Box 25287 Denver, CO 80225–0287  Be sure to reference Federal Register Number 2016-29244

Commenting Guidelines

  • Familiarize yourself with the regulations and read our What’s so Bad? section before commenting.  Make sure you know what you’re talking.
  • Address **SPECIFIC POINTS** in the regulations, what is wrong with them, and how they should be changed.  Reference them with section number. Comments that just voice general displeasure are likely to be ignored.
  • Do not use form letters or simply copy & paste other comments.  Duplicate or near duplicate comments get counted as a single comment.
  • The law requires that the federal agencies, make rules to bring them into compliance with the law (PRPA). Comment on the regulations, not the law.  Just complaining about the law will have little effect.
  • The comment process is not a vote – one well supported comment is often more influential than a thousand ones that simply offer an opinion.
  • Comments such as “this is bad”, or “dumb”, have no substance and are not considered in the record. Similarly, comments that only criticize the rule, but offer no preferred alternative have little weight.
  • Comments should be respectful, articulate, well thought out and provide evidence backing your view.
  • It is important that organizations comment, however this does not relieve individuals of the need to submit their own comments. The more comments submitted the stronger the voice.

Casual Collecting: What Are They Required To Define?

The PRPA (Law passed in 2009) requires that agencies write rules regulating the collection of fossils on public lands.  The agencies are required by law to do two things regarding “casual collecting”, nothing more. First, they shall allow casual collecting. Second, they are required to define “reasonable amount”, “common invertebrate and plant paleontological resources” and “negligible disturbance”. Anything more than this will result in restrictions and regulations that are beyond the scope of the law.

Simply complaining about the law WILL result in your comment being ignored.  The law itself can not be changed through comments on the regulations.  You must comment on their definitions or areas where the regulations have gone outside the scope of the law.

Highlighted Comments/Analysis

The comments and analysis below will help provide inspiration and ammunition in writing your own comments.  Remember do not copy and paste but please use the talking points, research and data provided to help make your case.

6 thoughts on “How To Comment

  1. Please, I ask you to not implement this bill.
    As a casual collector who has donated my personal pieces to elementary schools, organizations, Jr and high schools and young enthusiasts who would otherwise never have the opportunity to work with, study or touch such fossils; this bill makes these efforts of providing young scientists the resources they need obsolete. Have you seen the look on a 12 year old boy the first time they have touched a fossillized fish? These are educational opportunities that small personal collectors like myself have been doing for years. Don’t stop this for future generations. Keep small collectors exploring and discovering! And sharing!

  2. I do believe these new rules were implemented based on the careless disregard for public lands ! All we need is a state run class for a nominal fee, to educate our children and most adults, on how to ensure the integrity of our public lands are given the upmost respect and attention so our up and coming (Dino lovers) may be allowed to discover the wonders of the past!!

  3. Every one here, please check out AMRA.. American Mining Rights Association. They are fighting for our rights to enjoy public lands, and actually making a differance.

  4. This proposed law incites violence, gives the government opportunity to bully us and increases the black market to grow and make more money off of fossils, just like it did when they passed the Indian Artifact Law. I have now seen three supposed suicides due to government seizure of indian artifacts and fossils and that is only what I have read in newspapers. These 258 Million acres managed by BLM belong to the people. According to the fourth amendment search and seizure law the Government does not have probable cause to search common collectors to see if we might have an uncommon fossil. The solution is a state wide program to teach our children to respect the earth and still enjoy collecting. This way the money spent will be on teaching us instead of treating us like criminals for doing what we love…..finding fossils and rocks. Thank you

  5. This Agency, the BLM is trying to make a “rule” using the Delphi process. Please learn more from Wiki or Rosa Koire’s book “Behind the Green Mask”. This action is similar to the restrictions placed on individual miners staking a claim, prospectors searching for a nugget , outdoors people enjoying nature, ranchers and farmers raising food for us, and even Native Americans. The BLM takes on one group at a time and pushes us off the land. Joining together and learning that fossil collectors are not the only ones affected, is a start, we can all help each other.

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