Monday, May 16, 2011
During the last week of April, Fossil Butte hosted the Ninth Conference on Fossil Resources, which was followed by the Fourth Fossil Preparation and Collections Symposium. Both were held in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Participants in both conferences combined for field trips on April 28th to visit the 50-million-year old Green River Formation, the 45-million year old Bridger Formation, or the 75-million-year-old Adaville Formation.
Staff from the NPS, including ten national parks and monuments and the Geological Resources Division, joined representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, consultants, researchers and citizens at the Conference on Fossil Resources.
Attendees at the ensuing symposium included representatives from the NPS, BLM, USFS, Parks Canada and numerous museums, among them the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., the Burke Museum in Seattle, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Also attending were amateurs and interested citizens and a professor from Mexico.
Each meeting had over 100 people in attendance, with a combined meeting attendance exceeding 160 participants. Brigham Young University published the proceedings of the Conference and Symposium in their geology series (Volume 49 A&B).