In a release Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier says, “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. 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.”
There are currently 102 geoparks that are recognized world wide. The only one in North America is in New Brunswick with the Stonehammer Geopark. Recognition as a geopark indicates an area of unique geological heritage, international significance and scientific value to the global community.