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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 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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