Mike Zimmermann (aka “Old Moose”) IAT-ME Hike October 10, 2015 & April 24 – May 8, 2016

Ever since hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Maine in 2006, Mike Zimmerman (aka “Old Moose”) has been interested in hiking the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) in Maine and Canada. Since then, he has hiked the AT as far south as Sherburne, Vermont and two-thirds of the Long Trail in Vermont.
Old Moose actually started the IAT in Maine on October 10, 2015, when he took the Katahdin Lake Trail in Baxter State Park to Katahdin Lake Wilderness Camps, then continued on the South Katahdin Lake Trail to the park boundary at the Katahdin Lake East (KLE) access point, the IAT southern terminus. He hiked on the IAT for a total of 0.3 miles to the old Gardner Road before turning around.

May 2016 Trail Work Trip Report

Don Hudson arrived at Bowlin Camps before everyone else and rode his bike north on the IAT looking for blowdowns and clearing brush on the trail. Around noon, the rest of the work crew arrived: Dave Rand with his ATV, Julia Daly and two UMF students (Mike Paradis and Maria Noyola), Kirk and Cheryl St. Peter with an ATV, Lucy Leaf and Nancy Hathaway. We had the larger “No Aces” cabin for the women and the “Chapman 2” one room cabin for the guys. This had to be the first trail work trip ever where the women outnumbered the men!

IAT-ME Annual Meeting – May 6 – 8, 2016

The Maine Chapter of the International Appalachian Trail (IAT-ME) held its 2016 Annual Meeting at the Presque Isle Inn & Convention Center (PIICC) on May 6 – 8, 2016. Off site activities on Friday afternoon, on a gorgeous spring day to be out and on the mountain, included a tour of the SunEdison Wind Park, explanation of the interesting Mars Hill conglomerate geology, and a trip to the IAT Mars Hill lean-to.

International Appalachian Trail seeks to reroute 52 miles of path in Maine

The International Appalachian Trail continues to draw hikers to northern Maine, offering a tour through varied landscapes and a connection to Canada and beyond.
Trail enthusiasts celebrated some of the best of Aroostook County’s outdoors the weekend of May 7-8 at the International Appalachian Trail Maine Chapter’s annual conference in Presque Isle, sharing stories about local history and geology, visiting Mars Hill and Haystack mountains, and looking forward to the hiking season ahead.
One hiker known as Old Moose has already traveled through much of the Maine segment this spring, in a unique trip heading south from the Canadian border to Katahdin.
Created by volunteers in Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec 20 years ago, the International Appalachian Trail starts east of Baxter State Park, makes its way over more than 700 miles to Cap Gaspe, Quebec. The International Appalachian Trail’s trail network extends to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador, Greenland and Iceland, and then across the Atlantic to the Appalachian’s sister mountains, the Caledonians, through Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco.More…

Fiddlers and Fiddlehead Fest

Saturday, May 21, 2016 11- 6pm at Patten Lumbermen’s Museum, 61 Shin Pond Road – Patten, Maine FREE Admission. Donations support the Patten Lumbermen’s museum endowment fund.
Sponsored by Katahdin Woods & Waters & Patten Lumbermen’s Museum.
Rain or Shine… Fiddlers and musicians from around the state will take the stage. Enjoy artisan demonstrations, museum tours, children’s activities and local craft and food vendors.
Cast Iron Cook Off at 12:00pm.
Bring your favorite fiddlehead dish to the Cast Iron Cook Off. From the entries, judges will choose two chefs to compete in a fast-paced show-down featuring fiddleheads and several "mystery ingredients". When the dust settles, the chef with the most innovative fiddlehead dish takes home the coveted "Cast Iron Fry Pan Award".

When a Simple Walking Trail Headed North From Maine, and Made Conservation History

by George Neavoll
The photo on the IAT’s handsome new website of Herb Hartman, Maine’s former state parks director, nailing an International Appalachian Trail marker to a tree stirs vivid memories. I helped clear the first mile of what today is the Richard B. Anderson Trail along the forested spine of Mars Hill Mountain in far eastern Aroostook County in 1995. I took a photo that ran shortly after with my Maine Sunday Telegram column of Dick nailing a similar marker to a yellow birch there.
Don Hudson, who later would succeed Dick as IAT president, remarked that come Spring, this portion of the trail would be a leafy green bower. I actually had done little of the trail-clearing, but this still made me feel pretty good!
Few knew, then, that the trail was to be, in time, a 12,000-mile footpath through 11 countries and jurisdictions, extending in a horseshoe from Maine and Atlantic Canada all the way to Norway’s Svalbard archipelago and south to Morocco.
The “Appalachian terranes,” the ancient landforms these places embraced, would be the basis for the future International Appalachian Trail. They once had formed the Appalachian-Caledonian mountains of the “supercontinent” Pangea before “plate tectonics” under the Atlantic Ocean separated them into their North American and European/North African components.
The story of “our common geoheritage” is reflected in the new “Pioneer Geologists” link on the IAT’s website.
“NOW, A TRAIL for two countries,” we had headlined a piece about the new IAT in 1994, which was envisaged then as a trail linking the highest points in Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec. I experienced my first iconic Maine sporting camp when I sat in on an early meeting of the IAT board at Robinson Twin Pine Camp on Millinocket Lake in 1995, gathering material for future columns and editorials.
I later was on Mont Jacques-Cartier in the Chic-Chocs of Quebec, still gathering material but also looking for the Woodland Caribou making their last stand south of the St. Lawrence River. (I didn’t see them.)
Later still, in 1997, I was elsewhere on the Gaspe Peninsula watching the most amazing display of the Aurora Borealis over the Gulf of St. Lawrence anyone in our IAT group could remember.
The notion of a two-nation trail soon changed, with the involvement of Walter Anderson, former state geologist, and others who had done pioneering work of their own on the theory of plate tectonics. The trail’s potential exploded when they applied the theory to the Appalachian-Caledonian geology that created the footprints of the prehistoric mountain chain.
It wasn’t long before an IAT delegation was aboard an icebreaker crashing through the sea ice from Sydney, Nova Scotia, to Port-au-Basques, Newfoundland, on a trip to help establish a chapter there in 2003. (When one of the meetings dragged, Will Richard, noted northland photographer and author, suggested he and I take a drive into the Blow-Me-Down Mountains west of Corner Brook. It was there we encountered first one, then more Boreal Chickadees, a “Life Bird” for this longtime birder. I was psyched.)
I RETURNED after my retirement to my native Oregon, shortly after the trail’s grand expansion into Western Europe and Northern Africa was starting. Now I look out my apartment window in Portland’s Goose Hollow at the sleeping Cascade volcanoes of Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens and, away to the north, Mount Rainier. (Fabled Mount Hood is out of view around the corner of my building.) These are “the shining mountains,” as David Simons called them, a continent away from the mountains, rivers and valleys of the IAT.
Still, I think of those magic times as a witness to conservation history when a simple walking trail headed north from Maine and became a major, ongoing effort to bind men and women with their mountains and their Atlantic Rim heritage.
“The Atlantic Ocean may have been dividing us for eons, but the International Appalachian Trail is well on its way to bringing us back together”, concludes an article on the IAT in the current issue of Earth Heritage magazine.
In a world divided by hatred and strife, it needs the healing presence of an IAT more than ever.

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.

IAT Annual AGM – May 6 – 8 Presque Isle Maine

Please Join us for the IAT Maine Chapter Annual Meeting in Presque Isle Maine May 6-8, 2016
We are looking forward to a fun filled weekend with our IAT friends and colleagues in Presque Isle Maine! In addition to our annual meeting of the members and the board, there will be plenty of opportunity to socialize and take in a variety of topics including:
Sun Edison Wind Farm Tour/Geology at Mars Hill MountainAlaska to Maine – Snowmobile Ride of the Millennium (after dinner presentation – open to the public)History & Geology of the IAT, with website, maps & guide informationUpdate on Trail RelocationUMPI Outing ClubBeyond LimitsAroostook BirdersDriving the Solor SystemNative American & First Nations CultureAcadian History & CulturePaul Cyr PhotographyInterhemispheric Aspects of Climate ChangeMatt "Gator" Miller, 2015 AT Thru-Hiker & IAT-ME Hiker (after dinner presentation – open to the public)Stars Over Presque IsleHaystack Mtn. Geology Field Trip & Ashland Logging Museum Visit
We hope you can join us! To register, mail registration form and payment to Maine Chapter IAT, PO Box 916, Gardiner, ME 04345 or make a payment online by going to the IAT website annual meeting page. Please forward registration information to carolgay@gwi.net.
Registration and payment is due by April 29, 2016.
Lodging reservations must be made with Presque Isle Inn & Convention Center directly at 207-764-3321. Ask for IAT reduced rate.
You can also show your support by becoming a member with a $25 donation.

2016 AGM Dedicated to William (Bill) H. Forbes
The Maine Chapter of the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) dedicates the 2016 Annual Meeting on May 6-7-8, 2016 to Bill Forbes. Bill, a Maine Paleontologist, was a long time member of the IAT whose knowledge, expertise and many contacts helped in the concept and trail designation in Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Born in Presque Isle 1931 and passed in May 2011, Presque Isle, after a long battle with cancer.
Bill viewed Aroostook County as the gateway to the world. His love for science and particularly geology started before high school and remained a central theme throughout his life. Bill was a scholar in the traditional sense. He had a voracious interest in many areas of the natural sciences and resources worldwide. Bill’s passion was focused research and teaching at the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI). He was beloved by his students and colleagues at UMPI where he quickly advanced to full time instructor in geology in 1971, and was promoted from Associate to full Professor of Geology in 1985. He was co-discoverer of the land plant fossil, Pertica quadrifaria in northern Baxter Park and upon an act of the Maine state legislature, it is now designated as Maine’s official fossil. He eventually was invited to apprentice under a specialist in paleo-botany at the U.S. Natural History Museum in Washington, DC and was recognized worldwide for his discoveries and research in paleontology. For his many contributions to Appalachian geology and the International Appalachian Trail, The IAT is honored to dedicate this annual meeting to member William (Bill) Forbes, including his wife Warrena and family.

2016 Stars over Katahdin

Save the date… Saturday, October 1st for Stars over Katahdin on Katahdin Woods and Waters Overlook on the Loop Road. Camping with tents is available on the overlook that night only.
Chats around the Campfire at 6pm. Bring your picnic supper.
More updates to come!
Nancy Hathaway, M.Ed., LpastC

Save the Date – Annual Meeting – May 6-8

Mark your calendar for May 6-8th for the IAT Maine An

nual Meeting! We will be heading to Presque Isle Maine for this years event. We are working on a packed filled program with something to interest everyone. We will keep you posted once the program is finalized. We hope you can join us!