IAT News

IAT to Attend ATC 2015 Biennial Conference

On July 17-19, representatives from the International Appalachian Trail in North America and Western Europe will attend the 2015 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference in Winchester, Virginia.  They will give 3 hours of IAT presentations in two 1.5 hour segments, and distribute a variety of promotional materials at an extra large conference booth equiped with monitor to showcase IAT videos, slideshows and PowerPoint presentations.
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IAT Maine Holds 21st Annual Meeting

The 21st annual meeting of the Maine Chapter of the International Appalachian Trail was held between Thursday, May 14th and Saturday, May 16th at Shin Pond Village. A dozen members gathered at the Lumberman’s Museum in Patten at 3:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon for a tour of the facility with Executive Director Rhonda Brophy, before heading for refreshments and dinner at Shin Pond Village. The IAT in Nova Scotia has a new advocate in Claire MacNeil, who traveled all the way from Cape Breton to attend the annual meeting in Maine.

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Rotary Clubs Launch Scotland's FoCRT

On a sunny Saturday, May 9, 2015, Sally Magnusson, broadcaster, top news presenter for BBC Scotland, writer and journalist, officially opened the 161-mile (266km) Firth o Clyde Rotary Trail in Milngavie - next to the start of the West Highland Way - in front of members of the public, the Rotary Clubs of Stranraer, Ayr, Gourock, Allander, and their guests - Including IAT Europe vice-president Hugh Barron representing IAT Scotland.

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IAT North America Chapters Meet in Moncton

On April 24 & 25, IAT chapters from Maine to Newfoundland gathered in Moncton, New Brunswick for the annual IAT North America Council Meeting.  The two-day event included presentations on chapter progress, updates on IAT news, discussion of joint projects, and participation in the July, 2015 ATC Biennial in Winchester, Virginia. 
 
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A Spring Tour of IAT Spain

On March 29, the day after participating in the official launch of IAT Portugal at Naturtejo Geopark, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IAT Spain President Ruth Hernandez crossed the border into Extremadura to take a three day tour of IAT Spain.

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1000 People Attend IAT Portugal Launch

On a sunny and warm Saturday, March 28, approximately one thousand people gathered in Naturtejo Geopark, Portugal to officially launch GR38 - Grande Roto Do Muradal-Pangeia as the newest section of the Trilho Internacional dos Apalaches.  Joining the crowd were Geopark President Armindo Jacinto, Oleiros Municipal President Fernando Marques Jorge, Turismo Centro Portugal President Pedro Machado, Naturtejo Geopark Geologist and IAT Portugal President Carlos Carvalho, Canadian Counsellor and Consul David Marion, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IAT Spain President Ruth Hernandez.

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How Spain Discovered the "Apalchens"

As the name suggests, the International Appalachian Trail winds its way across sections of North America's Appalachian Mountains, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean and following other Pangea related mountains of Western Europe and North Africa.  Though the mountains themselves were formed over 250 million years ago when continental plates collided, what is the origin of the name "Appalachian", the fourth oldest surviving European place name in the United States? 
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Early Portuguese Exploration of North America

In 1498, just one year after Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto rediscovered North America and six years after fellow Italian Christopher Columbus "discovered" the New World, Portuguese explorers João Fernandes Lavrador and Pêro de Barcelos were the first modern explorers of much of northeastern North America, including the Labrador Peninsula.  They were followed (1500-02) by Portuguese explorers Gaspar and Miguel Corte Real.  This is the story of Portuguese exploration of North America, the fourth in the IAT Natural and Cultural Heritage Series.
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