This post scares me.
Unless collected from Private Property, Invertebrate Fossil
Trafficking is Illegal.
I believe it may be illegal even if the fossils are from private
property in some states.
I understand that there are no commercial permits available for
vertebrate collecting on public land at all.
All chalcedony (and even so much as a pebble of anything) cannot be
collected for sale from Public land at all without a permit or
claim. And there are no permits issued for National Parks.
As was explained to me by a Magistrate after having been caught by a
Ranger while illegally collecting minerals from a section of land
"in ward of the National Park Service", it’s up to you to know the
rules of where you are collecting, and to obtain adequate permissions
from either the owner or the Federal Government.
$10,000 and a year in jail is the Maximum.
A BLM Officer explained that it’s okay to collect agates and such
for non commercial use. You just can’t sell it or even give the
material to so much as your Spouse! This includes your petrified wood
The scary part is, too few know the rules.
I’m not accusing you, James, of breaking the law. I just want you
and others to know the rules.
And regardless, you must provide documentation with such offers as a
chunk of 28million yr. old US Rhino We all must know the regulations.