Ownership & Reporting

Fossil Ownership

In general, fossils on Crown land are the property of the Province and they remain Provincial property if they have been removed from the Crown land without authorization. In addition, in some cases fossils located on privately owned land also remain the property of the Province because of the reservations and exceptions attached to the original Crown grant.

Reporting Fossil Discoveries

Industrial operations and amateur collectors can make important fossil discoveries. Members of the public who discover fossils are asked to report the discovery to the Royal BC Museum, local museum, the local paleontological society or appropriate staff at the nearest university or college.

More specific guidelines for the public and industry operators on what to do when fossils are encountered will be developed in the future, in consultation with industry sectors and paleontologists.