The creation of the International Appalachian Trail
This presentation chronicles the growth of the International Appalachian Trail.
Speaker: Don Hudson, Co-founder and President, Maine Chapter International Appalachian Trail
On April 22, 1994 – Earth Day – Governor Joseph Brennan proposed the establishment of a trail to connect the three highest points of Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec. This original vision aimed to connect people of a common landscape and culture, and it has since grown significantly beyond a hiking path to link Katahdin, Mt. Carleton and Mt. Jacques Cartier. Phase I was completed in 2000. The same impulse that inspired Benton MacKaye to propose the creation of the Appalachian Trail in 1921 – rural economic development and the celebration of open space and a shared mountain landscape – has propelled the IAT to all of Atlantic Canada (Phase II) and across the broad expanse of the North Atlantic to Greenland, Iceland, the Farôe Islands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, France and Spain – with Portugal and Morocco pending (Phase III). This presentation will chronicle the growth of the IAT with particular attention to diversity of organization, use of technology and funding, as well as the singular, unwavering attention to a bit of geologic history to galvanize a 20,000-mile trail network that will soon ring the North Atlantic.
The results are in! Here are our picks from the 275 photos submitted for the 2019 photo contest.
Malheur National Forest in eastern Oregon is working to create a new bike trail system with the help of Recreational Trail Program (RTP) funds.
This 27-mile riverside trail wanders up the Middle Fork of the Willamette River in Oregon.
The Whiskey Run Mountain Mountain Biking Trail located in Bandon, Oregon was awarded $214,618 in Recreational Trails Program funds in the year 2016.