Farm landscapes topic of second symposium
On November 12th, the Comité culturel de la MRC de Memphrémagog, in collaboration with the Québec ministry of Culture and Communications, held the second Typiquement Memphrémagog symposium, on the theme of the agricultural landscapes of the region, at the Centre d’arts Orford.
With the realization, in 2014, of two studies on the cultural landscape of the region and the Plan de développement de la zone agricole, the Memphrémagog MRC has shown the importance it gives to these two aspects of the management of its territory. They are intimately linked, since farming practices leave their mark on the landscape.
“It is interesting to reflect on the issues related to the preservation of landscapes and to highlight them as they evolve and have an impact on the development of the territory,” said Michael Page, the mayor of North Hatley and president of the MRC’s cultural committee.
Three speakers made presentations on the subject at the event. François Bégin, journalist with La Presse, spoke about the conclusions of his recent reports on agricultural landscapes in the region. Gérald Domon, a scientific director associated with the Chair on landscapes and environment with the Université de Montréal and the UNESCO Chair on landscapes and environment spoke about the knowledge learnt in Quebec on the subject in the last thirty years. Marie-Claude Robert, of Paysages estriens, presented a guide for best practices on agricultural landscapes. This guide is available on the MRC Memphremagog’s website under Centre de Documents.
Seen in the photo are (l. to r.) Jean- Charles Bellemare, development counsellor Memphremagog MRC; Jean-François Bégin, La Presse journalist; Marie-Claude Robert, Paysages Estriens; Gérald Domon, science director; and Michael Page, mayor of North Hatley and the president of the MRC’s cultural committee.