IAT News

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.

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IAT Attends 4th Conjugate Margins Conference

From August 20-22, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IATNL Geology Director Emilie Fournier attended the 4th Conjugate Margins Conference in St. John's, NL and presented a trio of posters on the IAT, IAT Geoparks and the planned Cabox Geopark in Western Newfoundland.  The Conference started in 2008 to bring industry and academia together to discuss the similarities of basis evolution in conjugate margins.
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IAT Receives Grant from Quimby Foundation

 
On August 22, the International Appalachian Trail and Appalachian Trail Conservancy both received grants today from the Quimby Family Foundation. Richard "Dick" Anderson (left) Amy McCormick of the ATC (center) and Don Hudson (right) attended the Quimby Family luncheon to receive the awards.  The IAT's grant will be used for building the capacity of all chapters to communicate better about the community and natural resource values of the IAT.  A great day in Maine for footpaths!
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IAT Quebec July 2014 Newsletter

 
A new footbridge to Nicol-Albert, the first IAT-QC hiker for 2014, an Invitation to the Official Opening of the First GR in America – GR A1, the latest version of the Traversée de la Gaspésie (TDLG), and the new IAT-QC board, are some of the things included in the July 2014 IAT Quebec Newsletter.
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Northern Ireland Erects IAT Trail Markers

 
During summer 2014, IAT blazes (i.e., trail markers) have been erected on sections of the International Appalachian Trail in Northern Ireland, including the Ulster Way and Antrim Hills Way.  IAT Ireland was officially launched in September 2013 during the Bluegrass Music Festival at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, Northern Ireland.
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IATS Launches Mirlo Fundraising Campaign

From Leon to Gijon through the Picos de Europa mountains, the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) is on the move in Spain and is now receiving the support of Mirlo, a new company that offers its clients the possibility of living their lives while leaving a positive footprint on the planet. They "make environmental projects happen thanks to people like you, with projects that make a real impact" and "an economic model that creates a positive environmental footprint by definition."
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South Greenland Installs IAT Trail Markers

In June 2014, the International Appalachian Trail in South Greenland made improvements to the IAT route between Tasiusaq and Nunataaq.  Work included trimming branches and refreshing red paint spot trail markers on rocks, as well as erecting the first IAT Greenland blazes.

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Wales' Glyndŵr's Way National Trail Joins IAT

In June 2014, Wales' Glyndŵr's Way National Trail  joined the International Appalachian Trail, establishing IAT figure 8 links between the Wales Coast Path and Offa's Dyke Path.  The 135 mile (216 km) trail through tranquil pastoral farmland, across open moors and past lakes and reservoirs, follows in the footsteps of Owain Glyndŵr, the Welsh warrior Prince who fought against English domination in Wales during the 15th century.  

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