NYPA Visitors Center Hosts Hike and Energy Awareness Program october 9

Steve Ramsey

October 4, 2010


NORTH BLENHEIM—Experience the magnificent fall foliage of the Schoharie Valley, along one of the best hiking trails in the northern Catskills, over grounds surrounding the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project on Saturday, Oct. 9. NYPA’s Fall Nature Hike is free, lasts an hour and departs from the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center at 11 am.

Clarence Putnam, of the Long Path North Hiking Club, will lead the hike and help identify various animals and trees along the route, including trees that have qualified for New York’s Champion Tree Program.  A champion tree is one that has qualified for the American Forest’s National Register of Big Trees of which there are approximately 733 nationwide. Tree size is measured using several criteria, including height, trunk circumference and crown spread.  Trail grades are easy, but participants are encouraged to wear hiking shoes and seasonal outdoor attire. Free refreshments will be served.   

In honor of Energy Awareness Month in October, NYPA is also featuring a series of Saturday events to educate visitors on clean energy and the environment. On Saturday, Oct. 9, movies and cartoons for children on Electrical Safety, Natural Energy & Energy Conservation will be shown from 11 am until 2 pm in the visitors center’s theater.  Both events are free.

Visitors can enjoy a wide array of hands-on displays and energy exhibits at the admission-free visitors center which presents information on the basics of electricity, uses of electricity and the operation of New York’s largest pump-storage hydroelectric power project.

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is located on Route 30 in North Blenheim, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. For more information, please call 1-800-724-0309


About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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