IAT News

UK Earth Heritage Magazine Features IAT

The Spring 2016 Issue of Earth Heritage Magazine features their first story on the International Appalachian Trail.   Check out the 45th issue of this "geological and landscape conservation magazine" for a detailed update on how far we've come and where we're headed!
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IAT Scotland's Tom Stevenson Awarded BEM

Tom Stevenson, project manager for Scotland's Mull of Galloway Trail and member of the Rotary Club of Stranraer, will be the first IAT representative to receive a British Empire Medal.   He was notified by the British Prime Minister's Office that the Queen has approved him for the New Year's 2016 Honours List. 

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IAT Quebec Newsletter - December 2015

2015 was a year like no other in many ways for IAT Quebec.  They developed a new website, took over management of accommodation booking, inaugurated the GR®A1, and made a big call for volunteers which made it possible to open the trail in spite of significant damages since 2014.  They also launched their first public fundraiser and finally secured substantial financial assistance from the Quebec government.

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Volunteer Girl Power

The International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland & Labrador (IATNL) has begun planning trail improvements for 2016, including on the Humber Valley Trail, Grand Codroy Way, and French Shore Trail near Conche, with volunteers Katie Broadhurst and Alex Fortin channeling girl power!  They have recently begun developing a plan to increase the local volunteer base, in particular among young adults who appreciate outdoor adventure and physical fitness. 

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Pioneers of Appalachian/Caledonian Geology

To ensure our commitment to the heritage of Appalachian/Caledonian geology, the International Appalachian Trail has established a chronicle of geoscience investigators who over many decades of mapping and research contributed to the development of the theory of Plate Tectonics and successfully applied it to the Appalachian/Caledonian terranes, thereby establishing the foundation for the IAT.   This is the first installment of that chronicle.

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IAT Quebec Launches Grande Randonnée Trail

On October 2, the International Appalachian Trail Québec and France's Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre (FFRP) officially designated IAT Québec (IAT-QC) as North America's first Grande Randonnée ("Great Hike") - the GR®A1 (America 1) - at Forillon National Park.  The event took place in conjuction with the week-long Traversée de la Gaspésie On Foot (TDLG on Foot).

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IAT Presents at European Geopark Conference

On September 3-5, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol attended the European Geoparks Conference in Oulu, Finland, where he gave a presentation on the International Appalachian Trail and its connection to Global Geoparks.  The 3-day event was attended by over 400 representatives and included a wide variety of presentations on geo-heritage, geo-education, geo-ethics, geo-technology and a long listed of related topics.  It was also announced that during the UNESCO 38th General Conference in November, Global Geoparks are expected to receive full UNESCO designation on par with World Heritage Sites.

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A Geosites Adventure in Newfoundland

On the beautiful morning of August 17, IAT/IATNL Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IATNL Finance Director Kevin Noseworthy set off in a dory from Cox's Cove, Bay of Islands with Darren Park of Four Seasons Tours in search of Middle Arm geosites for the IATNL planned Cabox Global Geopark.  The Geopark will feature 3 basic zones of the Humber Arm Allochthon: the Ancient Continental Shelf of North America, the Transported Continental Margin of North America, and the Bay of Islands Complex Ophiolite Massifs.

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IAT Attends ATC 2015 Biennial in Virginia

On July 17-19, the IAT attended the ATC 2015 Biennial at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia where it gave 3 hours of presentations and distributed information from an extra large conference booth.  Attending the event were IAT Founder Richard "Dick" Anderson (Maine), IAT Geologist Walter Anderson (Maine), IAT Maine President Don Hudson, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol (Newfoundland), IAT Europe Vice President Hugh Barron (BGS, Scotland), UK National Trails Rep Mark Owen (England) and distinguished Appalachian geologist Jim Hibbard from North Carolina State University.

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IAT Crosses the Mediterranean into Africa

In July 2015, the International Appalachian Trail crossed the Mediterranean Sea from Spain into Morocco.  The addition of the African country marks the third and final continent of IAT expansion beyond borders to all "Appalachian" regions once connected on the super-continent Pangea more than 250 million years ago, when the Appalachians, Caledonians, and Anti Atlas Mountains were formed.

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