Rules and Guidelines for Rock Collecting ~
ABOUT THIS GUIDE
The information presented here was gathered from various
sources and as such represents a general collective guide
for obtaining rock and mineral specimens. Rules and quotas
may be different where you intend to collect. It is
always the collectors sole responsibility to know
and observe all the rules and to obtain required permission
or permits for your intended collection site.
The Collectors Rules and Code of Ethics
- Respect both private and public property, and do no
collecting on privately owned land without the owner's
permission. If the area is posted No Standing, No
Parking, No Stopping, No Trespassing, No Anything...then
- Keep informed of all laws, rules, and regulations
governing collecting on public lands, and observe them.
- Research, locate, and observe the boundary lines of
property on which you plan to collect.
- Stay out of old mines.
- Use no firearms or blasting materials in collecting
- Cause no willful damage to property of any kind -
fences, buildings, signs, etc.
- Leave all gates as found.
- Find out if there are any fire restrictions in
effect. Build fires only in designated or safe places,
and make sure that they are completely extinguished
before leaving the area.
- Discard no burning material - matches, cigarettes,
- Fill in any holes that you have dug.
- Do non contaminate wells, creeks, or other water
- Cause no willful damage to collecting material, and
take home only what you can reasonably use.
- Leave all collecting areas free of litter,
regardless of how you found them.
- Cooperate with field trip leaders and those
designated in authority in all collecting areas.
- Report to proper authorities any deposit of material
on public lands which should be protected for the
enjoyment of future generations.
- Appreciate and protect our heritage of natural
Collecting on BLM
A wide variety of rocks, minerals, and
semi-precious gemstones are available for collecting on the
million acres of lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land
Management (BLM). Most BLM lands
are open to rock collecting, and some areas have been specifically set aside
for this purpose. There are collecting restrictions, and a BLM permit may be
needed depending on the amount of material you collect, how you collect it,
where or when you collect, and whether or not it is used commercially.
Artifacts and Fossils
The Antiquities Act of 1906 and the Archaeological Resources
Protection Act of 1979 prohibits the excavation, collection,
or destruction of any archaeological materials located on
lands under federal jurisdiction. Vertebrate and other
fossils of "recognized scientific interest" also are
protected under the Antiquities Act. The indiscriminate
removal of certain fossils could affect scientific and
educational uses of public lands creating unfortunate gaps
in scientific inquiry. Petroglyphs, human remains,
dwellings, and artifacts of Native American cultures are
protected by law because they are integral to the
preservation of the cultural heritage of these ongoing
traditions and also may provide important information
concerning populations who lived here long ago. Uncontrolled
removal could impact the cultural, scientific, and
educational uses of these resources.
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