IAT News

Nfld's Cabox Aspiring Geopark Joins EU Project

In October, the IATNL sponsored Cabox Aspiring Geopark in Western Newfoundland joined the European Union's Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme's Drifting Apart project. It's goal is to "unearth and strengthen the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the fascinating and interconnected geological heritage of the Northern Periphery and Arctic region, and its many links to natural, built and cultural heritage. The project will support the development of new and aspiring Global Geoparks, promote innovative products and services for economic prosperity across the Northern Periphery Region and continue to build a strong network of Northern Periphery Global Geoparks."


IAT Chairperson Meets with FFRP in Paris

After the IAT Annual General Meeting in Plymouth, England, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol traveled to Paris, France to meet with Madame Claude Hüe, President of La Fédération Francaise de la Randonnée Pédestre and Monsieur Armand Ducornet, Vice-Président of la Fédération Européenne de la Randonnée Pédestre.  The October 13 meeting was to discuss the IAT route across France, which will connect with IAT England (via the English Channel) to the north and IAT Spain to the south.

IAT Maine Members Attend ALDHA Gathering

The Annual Gathering of the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association (ALDHA) was held October 9-12 at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts.  Maine Chapter members Dick Anderson, Walter Anderson, Will Richard, Julie King and Don Hudson were in attendance representing the IAT, giving four presentations over the 4-day event.

AGM Tours of Devon

From October 6-9, the International Appalachian Trail held its Annual General Meeting in Plymouth, England.  The event was hosted by the South West Path National Trail and included tours of the Devon countryside, including Dartmoor National Park, English Riviera Geopark, South Devon AONB, and the City of Plymouth.


IAT Holds Annual Meeting in Plymouth, England

From October 6-9, the International Appalachian Trail held its Annual General Meeting in and around the historic city of Plymouth, England, in conjunction with a National Trails Annual Meeting.  The event was hosted by the South West Coast Path National Trail, and included tours of Dartmoor National Park, English Riviera Geopark and South Devon AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast

On September 25, Susan Kaplin, Director of the Peary-MacMillan Museum and Arctic Studies Center at Brunswick Maine’s Bowdoin College, hosted an illustrated talk and book signing reception for Maine IAT Board member Will Richard and his Co-Author William W. Fitzhugh to celebrate the publication of their book, Maine to Greenland, Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast.

6th International Global Geopark Conference

Canadian Delegation at the 6th International Conference on Global Geoparks

On September 19-22, IAT/IATNL Chairperson Paul Wylezol attended the 6th International UNESCO Conference on Global Geoparks hosted by Stonehammer Geopark in Saint John, New Brunswick.  He was there learning about the Global Geopark network, promoting the proposed Cabox Global Geopark in Western Newfoundland, and meeting representatives from Geoparks along the IAT route. 


IAT Members Tour Portugal's Naturtejo Geopark

Brian Smyth checks out trilobite tracks near Penha García

From June 30 to July 4, American IAT geo-adventurers Rebecca Marvil and her husband Brian Smyth toured Portugal's Naturtejo Geopark, exploring "geological wonders, ancient mines, quaint villages and breathtaking landscapes."  The Geopark is also the core of IAT Portugal, and one of approximately 10 European Geoparks along the IAT Europe route.