Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve becomes Charter Member of NY State Geological Trail – Buffalo Rising


Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve has formally been designated as a constitution member of a brand new state geological path. According to Philip J. Stokes, PhD, Executive Director Hamburg Natural History Society/Penn Dixie, this was surprising information. At the identical time, the information may be very rewarding, particularly for science and nature lovers.

The NYS Assembly Bill A04328A, signed by Governor Kathy Hochul, “Provides for the designation of geologically significant areas, territories and sites throughout the state, and for the establishment of a state geological trail” to be managed by “planners, educators, and conservationists.”

Penn Dixie joins fellow geological assets on the esteemed geological path record, together with Letchworth, Watkins Glen, Whiteface Mountain, and dozens of others.

Assemblymember Jon D. Rivera stated, “New York State boasts some of the most robust geological and environmental gems in the Northeast. From Niagara Falls and Letchworth State Park, to the Adirondack and Catskill mountains, our state offers some of the most breathtaking vistas and awe-inspiring hiking opportunities. Through the passage of Bill A04328, New York State will properly recognize our environmental abundance through the creation of a series of statewide geological trails that will provide recreation and conservational awareness to residents and tourists alike.”

Stokes stated “We are tremendously proud for Penn Dixie to be honored as one of the first members of New York’s geological trail. We thank Governor Hochul, the Assembly, and Senate for recognizing our park as an economic, scientific, cultural, and conservation gem. Let’s rock and roll.”

Penn Dixie is ranked because the primary fossil park within the United States, holds a Guinness World Record for largest fossil dig, and welcomes science lovers from across the globe to uncover trilobites, brachiopods, and corals that lived in a shallow ocean 380 million years in the past.

Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Preserve

4050 North Street | Blasdell, New York 14219 | (716) 627-4560


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