CFI DONATES HELICOPTER TIME TO DINOSAUR DIG

Chetwynd Forest Industries has renewed its support for the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation (TRMF) through a $6000 in-kind donation for helicopter time for the 2004 summer field season. CFI?s in-kind donation of $10,000 in 2003 was instrumental in allowing the excavation of BC?s first dinosaur bone bed.

This year?s donation will be used for the same purposes. Lighter and more efficient excavation equipment will be flown into the excavation site in Quality Canyon, and at the end of the season it will be flown out – along with the anticipated haul of dinosaur bones – which will be stored, prepared, researched and displayed in Tumbler Ridge?s Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre (PRPRC). There are also a number of important dinosaur trackways and other fossils awaiting transportation to the PRPRC from surrounding canyon bottoms.

In his letter to the TRMF CFI Woodlands Manager, Jesse Rashke, writes ?the forest industry continues to experience tough economic times; however CFI wishes to again be a part of your project.? CFI?s donation is particularly significant because access to the canyon is crucial for the removal of scientific material. The Museum Foundation, and the community of Tumbler Ridge, gratefully acknowledges CFI as an official sponsor of the 2004 excavation.

Palaeontologists Rich McCrea and Lisa Buckley will once again head up the excavation team on behalf of the TRMF. Of the 75 bones identified in 2003, 50 were removed from Quality Canyon. The bone-bearing block has been whittled away to just above the main bone layer, so that the 2004 dig promises to yield further significant finds in BC and Peace Region palaeontology.

A full report of the 2003 excavation can be found at www.tumblerridgemuseum.com