Farm land­scapes topic of sec­ond sym­po­sium

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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