Talk On Prehistoric Trees
Scheduled For Power Authority Visitors Center
May 24, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH BLENHEIM—The Earth’s oldest trees will be
featured in a program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 at
the admission-free visitors center at the New York Power Authority’s
Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project.
Linda VanAller Hernick, a paleontology collection
manager at the New York State Museum, will present an interactive
display and discuss her research findings on the fossil trees of
Hernick, of Rensselaerville, earned a bachelor’s
degree in biology from the College of Saint Rose and began working
at the State Museum in the mid-1990s. Her fascination with
prehistoric trees began as a child in the early 1960s when her
father took the family on Sunday drives through Schoharie County,
which included stops at the outdoor fossil exhibit in Gilboa.
Hernick is the co-author of an article in “Nature,”
a prestigious international journal of science, on prehistoric tree
specimens found in Schoharie County.
The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, housed in a
refurbished 19th-century dairy barn, features interactive exhibits
for children and adults on production and uses of electricity,
energy efficiency and operation of the power project. It also houses
an exhibit on the Geology of the Schoharie Valley. The center, open
seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is located 17 miles south
of Middleburgh on Route 30.
■ NYPA 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-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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