British Columbia already has an official flower, bird and tree — now it’s on the search for an official fossil.

The government is inviting the public to suggest ideas as part of a consultation process ahead of a new program to manage B.C.’s fossil record.

Steve Thomson, minister of Agriculture and Lands, said the Fossil Management Framework will become the blueprint for managing the province’s rich fossil heritage.

“B.C. fossils tell us a story about the last half billion years of life in this province,” he said.

“This story belongs to all of us and we want to make sure we hear from everyone through the province-wide consultation process.”

The Fossil Management Framework will address use and protection of fossils based on a comprehensive review of fossil management in other jurisdictions and feedback from stakeholder groups and the public.

The consultation period ends July 2, 2010.
files from The Canadian Press

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