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IAT Attends ATC Biennial in Virginia

On July 17-19, the IAT attended the ATC 2015 Biennial at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia where it gave 3 hours of presentations and distributed information from an extra large conference booth.


Among the 1000+ in attendance were IAT Founder Richard "Dick" Anderson (Maine), IAT Geologist Walter Anderson (Maine), IAT Maine President Don Hudson, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol (Newfoundland), IAT Europe Vice President Hugh Barron (BGS, Scotland), UK National Trails Rep Mark Owen (England) and distinguished Appalachian geologist Jim Hibbard from North Carolina State University.

IAT Booth(l-r) Walter Anderson, AT Museum President Larry Luxenberg, Hugh Barron, Dick Anderson, Don Hudson, Jim Hibbard, Mark Owen and Paul Wylezol



After registration on Friday, July 17, the conference began with a series of workshop presentations on Saturday morning. IAT Founder Richard "Dick" Anderson opened for the International Appalachian Trail with a review of the early years of the trail's formation.

IAT Founder Richard "Dick" Anderson addresses the audience


Dick was followed by Jim Hibbard who worked with renowned Appalachian geologist Harold "Hank" Williams on his Tectonic Lithofacies Map of the Appalachian Orogen, which he continued to update and digitize until his recent retirement. Jim gave a presentation on Appalachian geology from Georgia to Newfoundland, where Williams created his innovative and colorful maps.

Jim HibbardDistinguished geologist Jim Hibbard discussing the Appalachian Orogen (click to enlarge)


Paul then introduced the concept of Global Geoparks as it relates to the IAT and the EU Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme's Drifting Apart project aimed at "unearthing and strengthening the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the fascinating and interconnected geological heritage of the Northern Periphery and Arctic region, and its many links to natural, built and cultural heritage." It will "support the development of new and aspiring Global Geoparks, promote innovative products and services for social and economic prosperity, and continue to build a strong network of Geoparks in the Northern Periphery and Arctic Region."

IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol describing the UN Global Geoparks program and EU Drifting Apart project


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