IAT North America Meets in Moncton
On April 24 & 25, IAT chapters from Maine to Newfoundland gathered in Moncton, New Brunswick for the annual IAT North America Council Meeting. The two-day event included presentations on chapter progress, updates on IAT news, discussion of joint projects, and participation in the July, 2015 ATC Biennial in Winchester, Virginia.
IAT Maine President Don Hudson led off the chapter presentations with an update on progress in Maine, including plans for a side trail to Shin Pond Sugarloaf, which contains a large brachiopod fossil deposit. He was followed by New Brunswick's Poul Jorgensen who gave a presentation on his chapter's new southern route that will traverse Stonehammer Geopark before following the coastline of the Bay of Fundy and connecting to both the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island and the border with Nova Scotia.
After Prince Edward Island's Leo Gill gave an update on PEI - including new trail maps and brochures - and Eric Chouinard discussed weather related issues and GR progress in Quebec, IAT Nova Scotia's Claire MacNeil reported renewed enthusiasm and interest in her province. After the meeting on Saturday morning, she and IAT Chair Paul Wylezol raced off to Scotsburn, NS to attend the Nova Scotia Hiking Summit, where Paul gave a presentation on the mission and progress of the IAT.
During the council meeting, Paul reviewed plans for Cabox Geopark in Western Newfoundland, spanning the Bay of Islands Ophiolites from Lewis Hills to Tablelands. It will include the 6-9 day IAT UltramaTrex across the rust-colored ultramafic mantle.
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