Framework & Consultation

Background

Government has developed a fossil management framework for British Columbia.

In 2004, after conducting a review of fossil management in other jurisdictions, the Province endorsed a number of principles. The principles focus on managing fossils as a heritage resource, establishing an order of importance for the management and use of fossils, and developing a framework that recognizes both the interests of stakeholders and the heritage value of fossils. 

Public consultation in 2005 resulted in a working group of provincial agencies developing the basic elements of the fossil management framework.  The framework includes the use and protection of fossils as a resource, relying on existing legislation and policy to guide that.

Some core legislative and administrative elements are already in place and will be used as the basis for managing fossils. Comments, input and ideas related to the management of fossils in British Columbia were sought through this consultation process.