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What is Vertebrate Paleontology? SVP on the review of US National Monuments      Part of the core mission of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) is to support and encourage the protection of vertebrate fossils and fossil sites.  In 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a review of U.S. national monuments established since 1996 to determine whether their designated lands are appropriately classified under the Act as "historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, [or] other objects of historic or scientific interest" (Executive Order 13792).

     In December, 2017, Trump announced that he would drastically reduce the size of two monuments, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears.  These Utah monuments are densely rich in paleontological resources and provide important support for scientific research within their boundaries.  The cuts that the President has proposed are damaging to paleontology because they expose scientifically important sites to potential damage under BLM’s “multiple use” policy and because priority (and funding) for future paleontological research in the excluded areas will be reduced.

     SVP is committed to protecting the scientific integrity of these monuments, as well as on other public lands in the US and elsewhere in the world.  This page provides information for those who are interested.  Thank you to all of our members who contributed the information compiled here.

Information about the paleontology at US national monuments

Why SVP is concerned about cuts to the US National Monuments


Information about Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument


Information about Bears Ears National Monument