20,000+ fossils preserved thanks to BLM, local museum partnership

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- More than 20,000 fossil specimens and 19,000 historical artifacts found in the valley have been restored thanks to a 40-year-old partnership between the Museums of Western Colorado and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Whether they were found through fossil excavations, uncovered during trail building efforts or even by hikers, many items of historic significance are discovered on BLM land every day.

"Without this partnership, much of what we have here (Museum of the West) and at Dinosaur Journey most likely would be lost. Parts and stories that are connected with our past and our community's past would be lost," said Peter Booth, the executive director of the museum.

Certain items that have been brought into the museum are fossils and cultural artifacts from people that lived in the area long ago.

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