Land holds a unique and pivotal position in our society, supporting all life and standing at the centre of our cultures and institutions. Its uniqueness stems from its fixed supply and immobility: it cannot be created or reproduced.
Our most basic resource, land is the source of all other wealth. Without land there is no place to grow crops and trees, produce energy, or build our houses or factories. It is a factor of production required directly or indirectly in the production of virtually all other goods.
Crown land is land (or land covered by water like rivers or lakes) that is owned by the provincial government. This type of land is available to the public for many different purposes – from industry to recreation and research.
Natural resource extraction can occur on private land – and has its own set of rules, regulations and practices to guide it.
Local governments play a vital function in managing private land use and development in British Columbia, and have authority over land use by third parties on Crown Lands.
Fossils are part of the heritage of the people of British Columbia and humanity in general. In recognizing the priority order of scientific, heritage and educational values, the Fossil Management Framework for B. C. encourages Crown land users and fossil collectors to work with paleontologists, educational institutions and government to optimize the management of the fossil resource in B.C.