Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier announced today the Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark (TRAG) steering committee will be receiving $30,000 of funding from the Government of B.C. through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural development.

This funding will be used by the TRAG steering committee to cover the costs to create and present formal business plan, action plan, and marketing strategy to be presented to UNESCO and the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) to assist in officially recognizing the region as an international Geopark.

“This funding is a great step forward for the Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark steering committee to make a compelling case to international authorities to make this Geopark a reality,” said Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier. “Tumbler Ridge has some of the most unique geological formations found nowhere else on our planet including amazing fossil heritage, and incredibly beautiful natural landscapes. Receiving Geopark status would also bring significant economic benefits including geotourism and job creation in research and sustainably focused employment to our region.”

The recognition of a Geopark is an area of unique geological heritage, international significance and scientific value to the global community. There are currently 102 Geoparks worldwide, with Stonehammer Geopark in New Brunswick being the only Geopark recognized in North America.

MLA Bernier added, “I would like to thank Dr. Charles Helm and all of the volunteers of the TRAG steering committee for all of their hard work so far and I wish them the best of luck in their presentations to UNESCO and GGN this summer.”