8th Northeast Alpine Stewardship Gathering

On November 1-3, 2013, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol attended the 8th Northeast Alpine Stewardship Gathering at the Sargent Center in Hancock, New Hampshire.
There he learned of the latest developments in northeast North America alpine ecology and conservation and gave a presentation on the International Appalachian Trail and Global Geoparks.
The event was hosted by the MERE Project of the Environmental Studies Department, Antioch University New England, with the support of the Waterman Fund.  It began with dinner and welcome by university president Stephen Jones and a keynote address by Beyond Ktaadn's Mike Jones and Liz Willey, authors of the new and highly-regarded Eastern Alpine Guide, a natural history and conservation vision for the eastern mountain ranges from New York state to Labrador.
 (L-R) Mike Jones, Liz Willey and Paul Wylezol
It was followed by a full day of presentations on mountain ecology and conservation, including from the Monadnock Ecological & Education Research (MERE) Project, Appalachian Mountain Club, Université de Moncton, State University of New York, New York Natural Heritage Program, New Hampshire State Parks, IUCN/World Commission on Protected Areas, Université du Québec à Montréal, and Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources, University of Vermont.
There was also a mid-day session devoted to alpine writers and the Waterman Fund Alpine Essay Contest, hosted by Christine Woodside, Editor-in-Chief of the AMC's Appalachia Journal.
Laura Waterman, founder of the Waterman Fund, addresses the audience at the alpine writers session
IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol was invited to give a presentation on the International Appalachian Trail, including the International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland & Labrador (IATNL), which was a contributer to the Eastern Alpine Guide and is currently focussed on establishing a Global Geopark spanning the ophiolites of Western Newfoundland. 
IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol giving a presentation on the International Appalachian Trail
The day of presentations and discussion ended with dinner and a keynote address by Amy Seidl, lecturer at the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources, University of Vermont and author of Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming.
Author Amy Seidl addresses the Gathering
The final day of the Gathering was spent outdoors at Monadnock State Park, including a guided hike of Mount Monadnock, the most climbed mountain in North America.  Located between the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Berkshires of Massachusetts, it rises to a height of 3,165 feet (965 m) and is known from the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
 Mount Monadnock, New Hampshire

MERE and New Hampshire Parks asked participants for their expertise and input on trail conditions, effectiveness of signage, and how to educate the masses on the fragility of the alpine and subalpine ecosystems of the mountain.


For more on the 8th Northeast Alpine Stewardship Gathering, go to http://www.antiochne.edu/mere/northeast-alpine-stewardship-gathering/