IAT News

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).

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. 


South West Coast Path to Host 2014 IAT AGM

From October 6 - 9, the UK's South West Coast Path National Trail will host the International Appalachian Trail Annual General Meeting in Plymouth, England.     It was from there in 1620 that the Pilgrim Fathers left for the New World and established Plymouth Colony – the second English settlement in what is now the United States of America - within 150 miles of today's U.S. Appalachian Trail.


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.


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.

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!

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.

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.