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Geopark Reps Attend Drifting Apart Meeting

On February 25, representatives of the IATNL and OBIEC traveled to Iceland to attend the final meeting of the 3-year EU funded Drifting Apart project.   Paul Wylezol and Arne Helgeland were joined by Alan Shepherd at the 2-day meeting held just outside of Reykjavik.  They were representing Cabox Aspiring Geopark spanning the Bay of Islands Ophiolites from Lewis Hills to Tablelands and east to the Ancient Continental Slope of the lower Humber Valley.

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Joggins Fossil Centre Hosts IAT Meeting

On Saturday, September 30, the IAT held its annual North America Council Meeting at Joggins Fossil Centre, Nova Scotia, part of Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site. The meeting included chapter updates, website and social media, mapping, international gatherings, and fundraising. The gathering began the night before with dinner and refreshments at the Pump House Brewery in Moncton, New Brunswick.

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IAT Attends 2017 ATC Biennial

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy held the workshop and business component of its 2017 Biennial Conference at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, between August 4 and 5. The IAT was well-represented by a North American contingent, including IAT Maine Board Members Dick Anderson, Don Hudson, Earl Raymond, and Herb Hartman, as well as Poul Jorgensen from New Brunswick and Paul Wylezol from Newfoundland.

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IATNL Commemorates James Cook Survey

During summer 2017, the International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland & Labrador in conjunction with Cabox Aspiring Geopark is commemorating the 250th Anniversary of British navigator, surveyor, cartographer and explorer James Cook's survey of Western Newfoundland and his fifth and final year of Newfoundland surveys.  Commemorations include three new indoor exhibits and the re-designation of two trails on the south side of the Bay of Islands.

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4th General Meeting of Aspiring Geopark

On November 28, the 4th general meeting of Cabox Aspiring Geopark was held at the Atrium of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland in Corner Brook. In addition to updates on the past year's developments and a preview of next year's Canada 150/Cook 250 celebration, Grenfell History Professor Olaf Janzen gave a presentation on James Cook in Newfoundland.

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Thor's Landing To Become Basecamp

In the autumn of 2015, Thor Hansen of Steady Brook donated his old cabin on the north side of the lower Humber Valley to the International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland & Labrador to rennovate into a basecamp for hikers of the IATNL Humber Valley Trail.   Work began in the Spring of 2016, and by Fall the little camp was already looking rejuvenated.

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Work Continues on Stone Brook Basecamp

During the spring, summer and fall of 2016, work continued on the IATNL hiking base camp near Stone Brook on the north side of North Arm, Bay of Islands.  The two storey camp is well positioned to serve as the start or finish for a 2-3 day trek across the North Arm Hills to or from Trout River Pond in Gros Morne National Park and will serve as an intersecting point for the north and south halves of the planned Cabox Geopark.

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Lew Coty Treks Long Range South

On August 1, 2016, Appalachian hiker and explorer Lew Coty from Vermont, U.S.A. set out from Route 430 (Viking Trail) at Southeast Hill in Gros Morne National Park on a two-day trek to Gros Morne Mountain.  Follow Lew in his own words as he hikes up Burridge's Gulch and heads north across the Long Range Mountains on one of his many perennial solo treks of Newfoundland's Appalachian Mountains.

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IAT Greenlanders Hike IAT Newfoundland

From October 12 to 15, a small group of Greenland youth from the Ummannaq Peninsula and their Danish leader René Kristensen were in Western Newfoundland to hike sections of the IATNL.  They were joined by French film maker Marc Buriot and arrived from St. John`s where they attended an Inuit Studies Conference and screened local Greenland films, including INUK.

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International UNESCO Geoparks Conference

On September 27-30, IATNL / Cabox Aspiring Geopark Chairperson Paul Wylezol attended the 7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks at Torquay, England, where he learned more about the UNESCO Global Geopark programme and gave a presentation on next year's 250th Anniversary of James Cook completing his surveys of Western Newfoundland and Eastern Canada.
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