Paleontological Collecting is the final report by the National Academy of Sciences from its three year long study of the extent of paleontological resources on the more than half a billion acres of our public lands - and the committee's recommendations on how those resources should be managed by federal land managers in the Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture and the Department of Defense.
The committee included representatives from every aspect of the paleontological community; academic, private professional, commercial and amateur fossil collectors, as well as representatives from every aspect of the federal land management agencies charged with protecting and preserving our natural resources.
You may be surprised (or may not) at how far astray some land management agencies have gone from the NAS committee's carefully considered recommendations!
We offer a bound copy of excerpts from the report. You'll find that the language is easily accessible and the committee's recommendations are clear and concise.