Honorary Directors:

The Maine section of the IAT/SIA is 138.4 miles (223kms) long. Heading north from the trail head parking near mile 12 on the Katahdin Loop Road, the route passes through boreal forests and follows trails, old logging roads, an abandoned railroad bed, and rural public roads to the potato fields of Aroostook County. Beyond Fort Fairfield, the trail enters New Brunswick.

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Walter Anderson

At the 24th annual IAT Maine meeting, President Don Hudson surprised  long-time Board Member and IAT Chief Geologist Walter Anderson with a formal certificate recognizing him as an Honorary Director. Walter had decided a few months earlier that enough time, wear, and tear had passed that he should step down as an active member of the Board. We appreciate all of Walter’s efforts to teach us and anyone who encounters the trail the rich geological heritage and history of the Earth at the heart of the IAT. Walter is a great champion of our mission to think beyond borders. There is no better way to tell the story of the Atlantic Ocean than to look at the common origin of the mountains that rim the North Atlantic Ocean Basin from Alabama to Morocco. Walter’s enthusiasm for that story is contagious, and he has made geoheritage the language of the IAT.

Governor Joseph E. Brennan

Joe Brennan has served Maine over many years as a Representative in the State Legislature, Attorney General, Governor, and Representative to the U.S. House of Representatives. Joe was the first champion of the International Appalachian Trail. At a press conference in Portland, Maine on April 22, 1994, Joe spelled out the challenge -- to build a footpath linking the highest peaks in Maine, New Brunswick, and Quebec. Joe has followed the progress of the trail ever since, and remains a strong advocate and ambassador for the community and economic benefits that the trail provides from Maine to Morocco.

William Nichols

Bill Nichols has enjoyed the out-of-doors all of his life, and leant his considerable financial management skills to the establishment of the Maine Chapter of the IAT. Bill first worked with founder Dick Anderson on a project to reintroduce caribou to Maine. The friendship that developed during the late 1980s continued when Bill became the first treasurer of the Maine Chapter. It was Bill Nichols who established the systems for prudent financial management, insuring that the greatest work might be accomplished with every dollar in the treasury. By Bill's insistence and guidance, the Maine Chapter has never operated in the red and has ended every year with a modest surplus. Organizations such as the IAT work best when they maintain such a buffer. Under Bill's leadership as Treasurer, the IAT in Maine never started a project without full funding at the outset. Bill retired from the IAT Board after a dozen years of service, and remains a strong advocate for and supporter of the trail.

Roxanne Quimby

Roxanne Quimby began to work on land conservation and the dream of creating a special park in the North Woods of Maine as she stepped away from Burt's Bees -- the very successful creator of nature-based personal care products. Roxanne was inspired in part to engage in land conservation by her twin children -- Lucas St. Clair and Hannah Quimby -- who had walked the Appalachian Trail together, and who radiated their love of the outdoors and wild places. When Roxanne acquired the northern-most township -- T5 R8 -- of what is now Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in 2004 [check the date] it was clear to the Maine Chapter that she might be open to having the IAT cross her land. When Dick Anderson put the question to Roxanne in late 2004, she said that the IAT was the first to ask for permission for something she wanted to support. Roxanne worked closely with the IAT Board of Directors as she acquired several additional parcels, consolidating ownership of the land east of Baxter State Park along the East Branch of the Penobscot River. She granted permission for both the trail and four campsites along the 30 miles that traversed her land. The proclamation signed by President Barack Obama on August 24, 2016 that established Maine's second National Monument (the first was Layfayette National monument -- now Acadia National Park), enshrines the International Appalachian Trail as one of the natural and human resources of the land donated by Roxanne Quimby, and ensures its protection and maintenance forever. No one has done more to preserve and protect the IAT in Maine than Roxanne Quimby.

David Startzell

Dave Startzell served as the Executive Director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for 35 years, and he stands along with Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery for preeminence in the long history of the AT. It is said that Benton MacKaye first imagined the Appalachian Trail and worked to establish a community of support for the idea, and that Myron Avery devoted his life to building what MacKaye had imagined. During his 35 years at the ATC, Dave Startzell worked tirelessly to protect and conserve this national treasure. Since the day that the IAT was first proposed, Dave has worked closely with founder Dick Anderson and the emerging international trail community that has built and maintains the trail. He has lent his vision for the IAT as a prominent connecting trail to the AT, and his experience in protecting and maintaining the AT at international gatherings and meetings in Iceland, Scotland, England, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. Dave Startzell is a great friend and the principle AT ambassador to the IAT.

Torrey Sylvester

When Torrey Sylvester first heard about the idea to create a trail between Maine, New Brunswick, and Quebec, he thought of a place he'd known since childhood -- Mars Hill Mountain. Mars Hill lies close to the border with New Brunswick and is one of the prominent geologic features of northeastern Maine. Torrey brought his idea that the trail might traverse Mars Hill Mountain to to the small founding Board of Directors of the Maine Chapter, and agreed without a second thought when Dick Anderson asked him to join. Since 1995, no one has done more to establish campsites along the trail in Maine than Torrey. He single-handedly secured the donation of lean-tos from Katahdin Log Homes, and also applied his skills as a lawyer to help secure landowner agreements for campsites and the trail overall. We celebrated 22 years of Torrey's efforts for the trail at the Annual Meeting in Shin Pond in May, 2017.

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Maine Chapter of the International Appalachian Trail • 27 Blake Street * Presque Isle, ME 04769