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DNM Curation Facility Comments
Posted for Jim Kirkland.
The NPS is requesting comments on the development of a regional
paleontological repository facility in Vernal, Utah in a partnership
with the Vernal Field House of Natural History (Utah State Parks). The
facilty is to be constructed adjoining the newly opened Vernal Field
House of Natural History in Vernal and jointly managed.
Please strongly support the development of this facility.
The plan can be accessed at:
We need to strongly support the development of the Uintah Research and
Curatorial Center in Vernal, Utah versus the alternative of No Action!
The collection facility at Dinosaur National Monument is falling apart
because of substrate instability.
The Vernal Field House of Natural History does not have a collections
facility in their new Museum and has basically given up their status as
a federal repository until such a facility can be constructed.
If the proposed facility is not constructed, Utah will not have a
federal paleontological repository in the Uinta Basin.
Thus, many more future fossil collections from this region will leave
the state, particularly those made through the mitigation of
paleontological resources due to energy development.
Also the absence of a paleontological repository in the region could
hinder the development of energy resources in the Uinta Basin through
the slowing down the ability of local paleontological mitigation groups
to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Please remember your comments make a difference.
Also forward to any interested parties.
James I. Kirkland Ph. D.
Utah Geological Survey
1594 West North Temple, Suite 3110
P.O. Box 146100
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6100
(801) 537-3307 FAX (801) 537-3400