The Secretary shall allow casual collecting without a permit on Federal land controlled or administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Forest Service, where such collection is consistent with the laws governing the management of those Federal land  and this chapter.
16 U.S. Code § 470aaa–3 - Collection of paleontological resources
(a) Permit requirement
(1) In general
(2) Casual collecting exception
(b) Criteria for issuance of a permitThe Secretary may issue a permit for the collection of a paleontological resource pursuant to an application if the Secretary determines that—
the permitted activity is undertaken for the purpose of furthering paleontological knowledge or for public education;
the permitted activity is consistent with any management plan applicable to the Federal land concerned; and
(c) Permit specificationsA permit for the collection of a paleontological resource issued under this section shall contain such terms and conditions as the Secretary deems necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter. Every permit shall include requirements that—
the paleontological resource and copies of associated records will be preserved for the public in an approved repository, to be made available for scientific research and public education; and
specific locality data will not be released by the permittee or repository without the written permission of the Secretary.
(d) Modification, suspension, and revocation of permits
(1) The Secretary may modify, suspend, or revoke a permit issued under this section—
(e) Area closures
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