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28 Nov 2011

Fifty sugar maples donated to Rhône-Alpes region

Michel Robitaille, Delegate General in Paris; Adeline Vincent, Deputy Mayor; Laurent Malabeux, French National Forest Board; Jean-Claude Monin, Mayor of Saint-Jean d’Arvey; Richard Savard, Associate Deputy Minister, Forêt Québec; and Bernadette Laclais, Mayor of Chambéry with students from the Lycée Cognin.

As part of the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Québec Government Office in Paris, the Québec government gave 50 sugar maples to France’s Rhône-Alpes region. The planting took place on November 21 at the Saint-Jean d’ Arvey arboretum in Savoie in the presence of Delegate General Michel Robitaille and about twenty students from the vocational agricultural school in Cognin who planted the trees.

Sugar maples are an integral part of Québec’s culture. They are also internationally known for their use in making maple syrup and its derivatives. Interestingly, these products belong to a tradition inherited in part from First Nations culture. Transplanted on French soil, the maple trees symbolize the desire to see the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Québec and the Rhône-Alpes region grow.

This official ceremony took place in conjunction with the International Year of Forests 2011 and highlights the diversity, beauty, and significance of the Québec and Rhône-Alpes forestry heritage.

Québec Government Office in Paris
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