Paleontological Resources Preservation Act
The Paleontological Resources Preservation Act (PRPA) was signed into law on March 30, 2009 (Public Law 111-11, Title VI, Subtitle D; 16 U.S.C. §§ 470aaa - 470aaa-11). PRPA directs the Department of Agriculture (U.S. Forest Service) and the Department of the Interior (National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and Fish and Wildlife Service) to implement comprehensive paleontological resource management programs. Section 6310 of PRPA specifically states, "As soon as practical after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue such regulations as are appropriate to carry out this subtitle, providing opportunities for public notice and comment."
The status of this law, like any law, can change with Congressional Review . The overall idea, that paleontological resources are public resources that should not be removed from public lands is constant. The destruction or disturbing of the resources, intentional or unintentional, and any consequences related to that may change as laws shift and evolve.