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IAT Presents at England's Cook Museums

On September 16 & 17, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol was in England visiting the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby and Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Marton.  While there he gave a presentation on the 250th Anniversary of James Cook completing his surveys in Eastern Canada, most noteably in Newfoundland.   In the coming years, James Cook 250 will provide a unique opportunity for the IAT and partner UK National Trails to promote their natural and cultural heritage across the North Atlantic and South Pacific.
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Celebrating a National Treasure - Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument 

On August 24, U.S. President Barack Obama used his executive authority to create the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument on land donated to the federal government by entrepreneur and conservationist Roxanne Quimby.  More than 87,500 acres of forestland in Maine’s fabled North Woods was designated in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, in a historic but unilateral decision following years of bitter debate.

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16 Days Celebrating Thames Path National Trail

Britain’s famous River Thames, which flows through the city of London, boasts a National Trail called the Thames Path.  2016 marks the Path’s 20th anniversary since its designation, and in July hundreds of ramblers and walkers celebrated by taking part in a 16 day walking relay from source to sea. The commemorative baton was carried over 200 miles and ceremonially passed on each day by local dignitaries.

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Hiker Spends Six Days on IAT PEI

When Bryson Guptill saw there was interest in the International Appalachian Trail on Prince Edward Island, he decided to try it out for himself.  It took him and another six days to finish.  "It was very cool", he said.  In PEI the trail stretches 150 kilometers, including long stretches along the Confederation Trail.

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IAT Scotland's Tom Stevenson Awarded BEM

On June 20 after some delay, Tom Stevenson, project manager for Scotland's Mull of Galloway Trail and member of the Rotary Club of Stranraer, became the first IAT representative to receive a British Empire Medal.    The presentation was made by Lord Lieutenant of Wigtown Dr John Ross at a Rotary meeting at North West Castle Hotel, Stranraer, and was attended by many of the members who helped create the Mull of Galloway Trail.

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Maine to Reroute 52 Miles of IAT

The Maine chapter of the International Appalachian Trail is working with landowners to reroute the trail from Shin Pond to Monticello, aiming to move the trail to old woods roads and all-terrain vehicle trails. A section they’ve secured will run along the south side of Mount Chase, and offer a link to a trail up the 2,440-foot mountain of the same name.
 
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IAT Ulster-Ireland to Host Annual Meeting

IAT Ulster Ireland

From September 19 to 25, IAT Ulster-Ireland will host the 2016 IAT Annual General Meeting in Strabane, Northern Ireland.  The weeklong event begins at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh before heading west to the county of Donegal in the Republic of Ireland.

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IAT North America Meeting held at Mabou, NS

On April 8 & 9, IAT North America held its Annual Spring Council Meeting in Mabou, Nova Scotia.  The two-day event held at Duncreigan Inn was an opportunity for the U.S. and Canadian chapters to gather to discuss common issues and joint initiatives, as well as provide updates on regional and international progress.  The evening "attitude adjustment" session helps to stimulate thought and lubricate the wheels of
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3rd General Meeting of Cabox Aspiring Geopark

The 3rd general meeting of Newfoundland's Cabox Aspiring Geopark was held Friday, March 4 at Memorial University's Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook, with approximately 40 people in attendance. In addition to updates on the past year's developments and a review of the upcoming application process, MUN Geologist Andy Kerr gave a special presentation entitled 'Newfoundland, the Bay of Islands, and the Geological Revolution'.

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IAT Presentation at GAC Regional Meeting

On February 22-23, IAT/Cabox Aspiring Geopark Chairperson Paul Wylezol attended the Geological Association of Canada Regional Technical Meeting at the Johnson Geo Centre in St. John's, where he gave a presentation on the International Appalachian Trail, UNESCO Global Geoparks and Cabox Aspiring Geopark in Western Newfoundland.

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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 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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