Fossils and fossil sites are protected by law in New Brunswick under the Heritage Conservation Act. Fossils are considered to be heritage objects, and permits are required to collect them. Geological outcrops often form spectacular landscapes, so it is no surprise that many of Stonehammer’s most geologically interesting sites are located in Provincial, Municipal, and private parks. Park authorities govern the protection and conservation of geological features in their parks, while all fossils found within them are protected provincially.
If you find a fossil, leave it in place (as long as it is not in imminent danger), note its location, photograph it, and send the information to the New Brunswick Museum.
Every fossil is a part of the geologic puzzle that we’re trying to put together and missing even one piece could change the entire geologic interpretation of our region.