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Talk On Prehistoric Trees Scheduled For Power Authority Visitors Center

Steve Ramsey

May 24, 2007


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 Schoharie County.  

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.

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