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Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative - update

GRANDE PRAIRIE – The Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative, a partnership between federal, provincial and municipal governments in the Peace Country of Alberta, celebrated a major milestone on its path to creating a world-class dinosaur museum near Wembley, AB.

On March 17, The Honourable Col. (Ret’d) Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and Her Honour Mrs. Linda Ethell presided at a ceremony celebrating the completion of Phase I – the access road and bridges to the fossil-rich bonebed that inspired the museum concept.

Background:

The Pipestone Creek bonebed, located 15 kilometres south of Wembley in the Peace Country region, is one of the densest accumulations of fossils in the world, with over 300 fossils per square meter compared to an average accumulation of 20 to 60 bones in other developed sites. It is composed mainly of Pachyrinosaurus lakustai – a new species named in 2008 after its discoverer, local schoolteacher Al Lakusta. Pachyrinosaurus lakustai has not been found anywhere else in the world to date.

The museum concept began to take shape in November 2009 with the formation of the Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative – a team of five staff members tasked with determining if a museum of outstanding caliber could be reasonably accomplished. The project was established as not only possible but one that could ultimately bring significant economic and cultural benefits to the surrounding communities.

“The museum will provide not only economic benefits to the region, but educational, cultural and historical opportunities as well,” said Everett McDonald, Reeve of the County of Grande Prairie. "The museum will help to educate visitors on the history of our region and produce value-added economic benefits by increasing visitation."

Phase I is the first major step of four phases in the timeline leading to the museum’s opening on Dec. 31, 2012. 

The Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative is developing, protecting and discovering Northwest Alberta’s significant paleontological resources through education, entertainment and the pursuit of scientific inquiry and innovative exhibits.

For more information please contact:
Erika Sherk
Communications and Marketing Manager
Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Initiative
phone: (780) 532-2362 x. 304
mobile: (780) 512-6113
email: esherk@countygp.ab.ca

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