I was surprised by the lack of interest concerning
this subject. Interesting and dangerous precedent is
being set by the SVP. It's action to in effect, circle
the wagons and protect one of its own could have
far-reaching implications. Failure to 'truly' condemn
his improper authorization to conduct work on BLM
lands (I believe illegal collecting of vertebrate
fossils on federal lands can be prosecuted as a
felony) and failure of any prosecution/fines by the
BLM could be used by a good lawyer to set and
substantiate precedent for anyone to collect on BLM
lands. Just takes a good lawyer, and person willing to
make the challenge, to use a situation such as this to
virtually disavow the ban of collecting vertebrate
fossils (or at least minimize any form of
prosecution/fines) on public lands using case law and
precedent. 'Normal, non-PhD, non-academic people' do
not get such second chances from the BLM or SVP I bet.
Ignorance of the law is not a viable defense. It will
be very interesting to see if the BLM prosecutes/fines
--- firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
SVP has a statement on its website about the Dr.
Museum collection problems:
"The SVP Executive Committee has received the report
recommendations of the Ethics Education Committee
concerning Dr. John Rensberger, formerly at the
University of Washington."
"There was some divergence of professional opinion
in the reports
regarding the first two allegations, but the SVP
Committee concluded that the fossil collections
resulting from Dr.
Rensbergerâ?Ts fieldwork are properly deposited in a
(the Burke Museum) and have been well curated by Dr.
Rensberger and the
current curatorial staff of the Burke Museum."
"Regarding the third allegation, it is clear that on
a number of
occasions, Dr. Rensberger neglected to obtain proper
conduct paleontological fieldwork on public lands.
Failure to obtain
proper collecting permits was in violation of both
the SVP Ethics Bylaw
and the regulations of the public land-management
omission was inappropriate and undermines the
reputation of our
profession. If Dr. Rensberger continues to conduct
fieldwork in this manner, the Executive Committee
termination of his membership from the Society,
procedures outlined in the SVP Bylaws, Article 1,
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