On June 10, the Cabox Global Geopark initiative spanning the Bay of Islands Ophiolites from Lewis Hills to Tablelands held its first public meeting at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University in Corner Brook. International Appalachian Trail and Cabox Geopark Chairperson Paul Wylezol gave presentations on the IAT, renowned Newfoundland Geologist Harold “Hank” Williams and the proposed Cabox Geopark while special guest speaker Hugh Barron, Marketing Sector Manager with the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, Scotland, gave a presentation on UNESCO sponsored Global Geoparks and his experience helping to develop them in Scotland. The meeting was well attended and included representatives from various stakeholders, including Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd, Western Destination Marketing Organization, and communities in the Bay of Islands and Bonne Bay which support the project. Also on hand were representatives from various government departments and agencies, interested businesses and individuals, and Grenfell staff.
Paul’s opening presentation was a summary of IAT developments across the North Atlantic, from the U.S. and Canada to Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, France, Spain and Portugal. In Europe, the IAT now traverses eight European Geoparks, members of the “Global Network of National Geoparks”. Hugh’s presentation outlined the goal of Global Geoparks, both in terms of promoting natural and cultural heritage and sustainable economic development. The presentation on the late Harold “Hank” Williams was a tribute to an internationally renowned geologist who is little known in his home province of Newfoundland Labrador. Beginning in the 1960’s, Hank increased the extent and scientific understanding of the Appalachian Caledonian orogeny, and in the process became one geology’s most acclaimed map makers. He spent much of his time studying the rock formations of Western Newfoundland, including the Humber Arm Allochthon and Bay of Islands Ophiolites. He also helped establish Gros Morne National Park as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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