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Mitigation

Negative impacts to paleontological resources occur when construction activities temporarily expose and then destroy buried fossil remains.Mitigation of such negative impacts generally consists of a comprehensive program including excavation monitoring, fossil salvage, preparation, curation, storage, and final report preparation.

PaleoServices staff has extensive experience in conducting complete mitigation programs and has salvaged thousands of important fossils from construction projects throughout Southern California. This mitigation work has been carried out since 1980 without any injuries to personnel or delays to construction schedules, and has resulted in significant contributions to the understanding of the biological and geological history of our region. In addition, our many successful mitigation programs have produced a large and professionally curated collection of regional fossils that are, and will continue to be, available for countless generations to come.