IAT News

In Search of Stage One of the UltramaTrex

On the morning of June 23, IATNL members Ulrica Murley Pye, Sharon MacDonald Lahey, Delano Pittman and Paul Wylezol set off up Winterhouse Gulch on the northeast side of the Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park on a mission to identify and gps track the route for Stage One of the 4-stage UltramaTrex, a 7-9 day trek across the ultramafic sections of the four Bay of Islands Ophiolite Massifs.

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Walter Anderson Named Honorary Director

At the 24th IAT Maine Annual Meeting held May 3-5, President Don Hudson surprised long-time Board Member and IAT Chief Geologist Walter Anderson with a formal certificate recognizing him as an Honorary Director. Walter had decided a few months earlier that enough time, wear, and tear had passed that he should step down as an active member of the Board.

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Joggins Fossil Centre Hosts IAT Council Meeting

On Saturday, September 30, the IAT held its annual North America Council Meeting at Joggins Fossil Centre, Nova Scotia, part of Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The meeting included chapter updates, website and social media, mapping, international gatherings, and fundraising.
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IAT Attends 2017 ATC Biennial

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy held the workshop and business component of its 2017 Biennial Conference at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, between Friday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th.  The IAT was well-represented by a North American contingent, including Maine Chapter Board Members Dick Anderson, Don Hudson, Earl Raymond, and Herb Hartman, as well as Poul Jorgensen from New Brunswick and Paul Wylezol from Newfoundland.
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IATNL Commemorates James Cook Survey

During summer 2017, the International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland & Labrador in conjunction with Cabox Aspiring Geopark is commemorating the 250th Anniversary of British navigator, surveyor, cartographer and explorer James Cook's survey of Western Newfoundland, his fifth and final year of Newfoundland surveys and tenth and final year in Eastern Canada.  Commemorations include three new indoor exhibits and the re-designation of two trails on the south side of the Bay of Islands.
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IAT Signatory to Scotland's Geodiversity Charter

For its size, Scotland has world-class geodiversity–the variety of rocks, landforms, sediments, soils and the natural processes which form and alter them span a vast 3 billion-year-long geological timescale.   It is also internationally recognized as the birthplace of modern geoscience and home of the world's first Geodiversity Charter, with the IAT as signatory.
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IAT Maine Honors Governor Joe Brennan

On April 10, 2017, IAT Maine honored former Maine Governor Joe Brennan for helping launch the International Appalachian Trail on Earth Day 1993.  Joe joked about being the puppet for IAT Founder Dick Anderson. Herb Hartman, Bob Marvinney, Walter Anderson, and Elizabeth Swain all worked in the Brennan administration.  Bill Nichols, first Treasurer and Honorary Director of IAT in Maine, was also in attendance.  
 
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IAT in Baxter State Park and Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

At their meeting in December, the Baxter State Park Authority closed access to Katahdin Lake along the route from the east while the park evaluates the potential impacts of the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.  This decision puts a hold on the use of the trail from Avalanche Field to the park boundary, which the IAT has used for about a dozen years.

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IAT Greenlanders Hikes IAT Newfoundland

From October 12 to 15, a small group of Greenland youth from the Ummannaq Peninsula and their Danish leader René Kristensen were in Western Newfoundland to hike sections of the IATNL.  They were joined by French film maker Marc Buriot and arrived from St. John`s where they attended an Inuit Studies Conference and screened local Greenland films, including INUK.
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IAT Ulster Ireland Group Visits Scotland

At the IAT Annual General Meeting in Strabane, Northern Ireland on September 22, IAT Ulster Ireland officials expressed interest in touring sections of IAT Scotland to learn about trail planning and development by their northern neighbour.  Follow the Mull of Galloway Trail's Tom Stevenson as he reports on the October 19 visit.

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