Cherry River in­ter­pre­ta­tion cen­tre in­au­gu­rated

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Ma­gog

In Ma­gog on Mon­day, the Marais-de-la-Riviereaux-Cerises In­ter­pre­ta­tion Cen­tre was in­au­gu­rated with of­fi­cials from sev­eral lev­els of gov­ern­ment in at­ten­dance. Sit­u­ated in the heart of Ma­gog, the site of­fers six kilo­me­tres of trails that al­low vis­i­tors to dis­cover the dif­fer­ent ecosys­tems of the marsh, an ob­ser­va­tion tower, a cov­ered ter­race, and el­e­vated walk­ways. Now added to these in­fra­struc­tures are a new ob­ser­va­tion and ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre, in­au­gu­rated on Mon­day, which com­pletes the pro­ject. What’s more, the Cen­tre will be­come an in­ter­pre­ta­tion site that will re­ceive school groups, tourists and recre­ational groups. Its cre­ation will al­low the As­so­ci­a­tion du Maraisde-la-Riviere-aux-Cerises (LAMRAC) to con­tinue its mis­sion of pre­serv­ing the marsh, its his­tory, its ecosys­tems and their roles in the en­vi­ron­ment as well as pro­mote re­spect for the en­vi­ron­ment.

The pro­ject was com­pleted af­ter a to­tal in­vest­ment of $3,516,467. The gov­ern­ments of Que­bec and Canada each con­trib­uted $1,172,156, and the As­so­ci­a­tion du Maraisde-la-Riviere-aux-Cerises con­trib­uted $1,172,155.

“This pro­ject will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on sev­eral points, no­tably on rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness about the im­por­tance of dif­fer­ent ecosys­tems in the Ma­gog en­vi­ron­ment. It will re­in­force the tourist po­ten­tial of Ma­gog and the Estrie re­gion. Our gov­ern­ment is proud to have con­trib­uted to this pro­ject which gives the City of Ma­gog in­fra­struc­tures adapted to its re­al­ity and fo­cussed on sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment,” com­mented Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid.

“The con­struc­tion of the Marais-de-la-Riviereaux-Cerises in­ter­pre­ta­tion cen­tre will con­trib­ute to the qual­ity of life of the pop­u­la­tion of Ma­gog and its vis­i­tors, and this, in the con­text of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment,” said De­nis Lebel, the fed­eral Min­is­ter of trans­port, in­fra­struc­tures and com­mu­ni­ties and the Min­is­ter of Canada’s Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Agency for the re­gions of Que­bec.

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