AIPG 56th Annual Conference
Geology in the Green Mountains:
Scenic Beauty and Economic Engine
This year the 56th meeting of the American Institute of Professional Geologists National Conference is being held in the beautiful lakeside city of Burlington, Vermont. This years’ conference, “Geology in the Green Mountains: Scenic Beauty and Economic Engine” is being held from Saturday, September 14th through Tuesday, September 17th at the DoubleTree in Burlington, Vermont … merely a stones’ throw from the University of Vermont campus. The middle of September in Vermont will bring with it comfortably warm days and cool nights, the leaves will have just started turning into a myriad of quintessential fall colors, and the sunsets over the Adirondack mountains to the west will be breathtaking. The Northeast Section is co-hosting this event, and we couldn’t be more excited!
Vermont’s State Geologist, Marjorie Gale, describes the landscape of Vermont as being representative of over one billion years of geologic history – a confluence of sedimentary deposition, of lava flows, of metamorphism, of several orogenies (valleys and mountains in between), of glacial scour, and, fitting to our theme, anthropogenic sculpting. We’re delighted that Ms. Gale is not only leading one of our field trips this fall but has also graciously volunteered to deliver a keynote address!
Our planning committee has been organizing several field trips during this conference. The field trips planned include:
• Economic Geology of the Granite Dimension Stone Industry in Vermont - lead by Dorothy Richter, CPG, PG and Donald Murray, PE
• “Greatest Hits” – Outcrops of the Champlain Valley Belt of West-Central Vermont - lead by Dr. Jon Kim and Dr. Keith Klepeis
• Geology of Western Vermont – lead by Marjorie Gale, Vermont State Geologist
• Landslide Hazards at Jeffersonville and Smugglers’ Notch, Northern Vermont – lead by George Springston and Dr. Leslie Kanat
• Operating Mines/Quarries in the Vermont Valley – lead by Lance Mead, CPG
We’re also hard at work assembling short courses on both geophysics and the use of drone technology for site investigations and imaging. And for those looking for a quick escape, we’ll be offering family-friendly trips designed to immerse those interested in the rich local culture of the Burlington Area.
“Rich local culture” is something worth expanding on. If the lure of Vermont’s geology isn’t enticing enough already, the local offerings will set the hook. Those of us who have spent a lot of time in this area can assure you that you’ll fall in love with the vast variety of cuisines available in Burlington (and surrounding areas). Considering the plenitude of local farms and dairies, everything in the area just tastes fresher and, as a result, better. And we wouldn’t be loyal to our profession if we didn’t mention that this culture also includes some of the best breweries in the Nation, and, arguably, the world.
Perhaps this appeal alone is enough to solidify your attendance at this years’ National Conference. However, if you’re still on the fence, there will be plenty of information to follow in the coming months. All of us here at the Northeast Section look forward to seeing you here in Burlington, September 14th to the 17th. We look forward to new friends and old faces! See you in September!!
Michael G. Grifasi, PG, CPG
AIPG Northeast Section President
Jeffrey Frederick PG, CPG
AIPG Northeast Section President (2015 to 2016)
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