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Second Cabox Global Geopark Public Meeting

On February 10, the Cabox Global Geopark initiative spanning the Bay of Islands Ophiolites from Lewis Hills to Tablelands held its second public meeting at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University in Corner Brook. Special guest speakers included Alana Hinchey, Senior Geologist with the Newfoundland & Labrador Geological Survey and Mike Jones, President of Beyond Ktaadn and co-author of the recently published Eastern Alpine Guide.

The meeting began with IAT/IATNL Chairperson Paul Wylezol giving a review of developments since the last public meeting on June 10, 2014. These included attendance and poster presentation at the 4th Conjugate Margins Conference in St. John's, NL from August 20-22, attendance and poster presentation at the 6th International UNESCO Conference on Global Geoparks in Saint John, New Brunswick from September 19-22, attendance at the International Appalachian Trail Annual General Meeting in Plymouth, England from October 6-9, a meeting with the President of La Fédération Francaise de la Randonnée Pédestre and Vice President of La Fédération Européenne de la Randonnée Pédestre in Paris, France on October 13, restoration work on the new Cabox base camp at Back Cove, North Arm of the Bay of Islands on October 22-23, membership in the European Union's Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme's Drifting Apart project in October, and the #1 Listing of 4 Amazing Adventure Travel Trips for 2015 by Explore Magazine.

Alana Hinchey followed with a presentation entitled The Geological Story of Western Newfoundland: Exploring the Opportunities

which gave an overview of where Western Newfoundland fits into the geological story of North Atlantic plate tectonics and the Appalachian Orogen.

Mike Jones followed with a presentation on The Alpine Ecology of the Lewis Hills and Bay of Islands

which described some of the unique flowers and plants living on the Lewis Hills and surrounding region.

Approximately 50 people attended the second Cabox Global Geopark public meeting at MUN's Grenfell Campus on February 10

The meeting ended with the IATNL's Kevin Noseworthy presenting the new Cabox website and outlining many of its myriad features, both on the visitor front end and adminstrative back end.

Stay tuned for the website to go live and for more developments on Cabox Aspiring Geopark!