[Petrified wood is treated as a
mineral and falls under mining laws.]
TITLE 43--PUBLIC LANDS: INTERIOR
CHAPTER II--BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT,
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
PART 3620--FREE USE--Table of Contents
Subpart 3622--Free Use of Petrified
Sec. 3622.1 Program: General.
(a) Persons may collect
limited quantities of petrified wood for noncommercial purposes under terms
and conditions consistent with the preservation of significant deposits
as a public recreational resource.
(b) The purchase
of petrified wood for commercial purposes is provided for in Sec. 3610.1
of this title.
Sec. 3622.2 Procedures; permits.
No application or
permit for free use is required except for specimens over 250 pounds in
weight. The authorized officer may issue permits, using the procedures
of subpart 3621 of this title, for the removal of such specimens if the
applicant certifies that they will be displayed to the public in a museum
or similar institution.
Sec. 3622.3 Designation of areas.
(a) All public lands
administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation
are open to or available for free use removal of petrified wood unless
otherwise provided for by notice in the Federal Register. Free use areas
under the jurisdiction of said Bureaus may be modified or cancelled by
notices published in the Federal
(b) The heads of
other Bureaus in the Department of the Interior may publish in the Federal
Register designations, modifications or cancellations of free use areas
for petrified wood on lands under their jurisdiction.
(c) The Secretary
of the Interior may designate, modify or cancel free use areas for petrified
wood on public lands which are under the jurisdiction of other Federal
departments or agencies, other than the Department of Agriculture, with
the consent of the head of other Federal departments or agencies concerned,
upon publication of notice in the
Sec. 3622.4 Collection rules.
The authorized officer shall control the removal without charge of petrified
wood from public lands using the following criteria:
(1) The maximum quantity of petrified wood that any one person is allowed
to remove without charge per day is 25 pounds in weight plus one piece,
provided that the maximum total amount that one person may remove in one
calendar year shall not exceed 250 pounds. Pooling of quotas to obtain
pieces larger than 250 pounds is not allowed.
(2) Except for holders of permits issued under subpart 3621 of this title
to remove museum pieces, no person shall use explosives, power equipment,
including, but not limited to, tractors, bulldozers, plows, power-shovels,
semi-trailers or other heavy equipment for the excavation or removal of
(3) Petrified wood obtained under this section shall be for personal use
and shall not be sold or bartered to commercial dealers.
(4) The collection of petrified wood shall be accomplished in a manner
that prevents unnecessary and undue degradation of lands.
(b) Additional rules.
The head of the agency having jurisdiction over a free use area may establish
and publish additional rules for collecting petrified wood for noncommercial
purposes to supplement those included in Sec. 3622.4(a) of this title.
Title 43, Volume 2
[Revised as of October 1, 2001]
From the U.S. Government Printing Office
via GPO Access
[CITE: 43CFR3622.1] [Page 676]
Print this page and carry copy with
you when collecting Petrified Wood.