donates helicopter time for removal of Dinosaur bones
For Immediate Release
April 16, 2003
Chetwynd Forest Industries, a division of West
Fraser Mills Ltd, announced on April 11 that it would commit
up to $10,000
in helicopter time for the excavation of British Columbia's
At least 20 dinosaur bones, which were discovered in 2002
on an expedition arranged by the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation,
represent the oldest known dinosaur skeletal material in western
Canada. The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation is preparing to
on the skeleton in the summer of 2003, with palaeontologist
Rich McCrea at the head of the excavation, and plans to
exhibit the results of the excavation in Tumbler Ridge.
The remote location - deep in a canyon near Tumbler Ridge -
posed significant logistical problems in getting the skeleton
transporting it to a safe location in town. The donation of
helicopter time from CFI addresses a major challenge and greatly
the chances for a successful excavation.
According to McCrea, who will lead the project team this
summer, the donation comes at a crucial stage of the planning. "Our
plan to remove the dinosaur bones from the canyon hinged on the
use of a helicopter, to bring in the necessary equipment and
to transport the bones and the equipment back out, but it was
the most expensive budget item. Thanks to CFI’s donation,
the plan is much closer to being a reality."
For Brian Pate, Forestry Supervisor at Chetwynd Forest Industries,
there is good reason to support the project; it was Brian himself
who discovered the first short dinosaur track way in this canyon.
After informing the Museum Foundation of his find, the research
and exploration began in earnest, resulting in arguably the
most exciting dinosaur discovery in BC to date.
Chetwynd Forest Industries is the first private company to
become a major sponsor of this project. The Tumbler Ridge Museum
has been fundraising since January to generate the $50,000 needed
to fund both the excavation project and the delivery of six 5-day
dinosaur theme camps for kids. The "Dino Camps", delivered
through the Tumbler Ridge campus of Northern Lights College during
July and August of this year, will allow a maximum of 60 kids,
ages 7 to 12, to experience both classroom instruction and hands-on
field activities related to dinosaurs, palaeontology and geology.
Registration forms and camp itineraries are available by calling
Corporate donations have been received from Canadian Natural
Resources Ltd, Eagle Geophysical and Waberski Darrow in Fort
St. John. The District of Tumbler Ridge has approved funding
to create exhibition space in the Community Centre for the
skeletal finds, dinosaur footprints and other archival material.
Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology has also been generous, offering
to train a member of the TRMF in dinosaur bone preparation.
For more details on Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation projects,
to become a member or make a contribution, email firstname.lastname@example.org .