Re: Laws related to selling petrified wood, etc.
To quote from the BLM brochure "Rockhounding in Arizona," but the law probably is essentially the same for BLM land in any state.
"Rocks, minerals, semiprecfious gemstones may be collected on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management without charge as long as:
"1. The specimens are for personal use and are not being collected for commercial purposes or bartered to commercial dealers.
"2. You collect reasonable amounts of specimens. In Arizona, BLM sets the 'reasonable' limits for personal use as up to 25 pounds per day, plus one piece, with a total limit of 250 pounds per year. These limits are for mineral specimens, semiprecious gemstones, other rock, and petrified wood.
"3. A group of people may not pool their yearly allotment to collect a piece larger than 250 pounds of either rockhounding specimens or petrified wood.
"4. Permits for pieces of petrified wood larger than 250 pounds may be obtained if the collecter certifies that the petrified wood will be displayed to the public in a museum or similar institution, or if anyone wishes to purchaqse it.
"5. Collection does not occur in developed recreation sites or areas.
"6. Collection is not prohibited or restricted and posted.
"7. Collection, excavation or removal are not aided with motorized or mecdhanical devices, including heavy equipment or explosives. Metal detectors are acceptable.
"8. No undue or unnecessary degradation of the public lands occurs during the removal or rock, minerals, or gemstones."
In another brochure, "Fossils on America's Public Lands," is the following:
"You may collect up to 25 pounds of petrified wood, plus one piece, each day, but no more than 250 pounds in any calendar year without a permit. You may not combine your allowance with another collector;s allowance to obtain larger pieces of petrified wood. A special 'Free Use Permit' is required to obntain pieces of petrified wood over 250 pounds. As with invertebrate fossils, collections of petrified wood are for your personal use and may not be bartered or sold."
From Gerald Allen Peters - June 17, 2010 at 14:59:29