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QAHN's "Heritage Talks" Lecture Series: "Journey Down the Pike: Reflections on Missisquoi's River Heritage," with Frederic Chouinard, MEnvSc and Charles Lussier, Agroforestry researcher

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March 18, 2018
1:30 p.m.
Entry Fees: 
Free admission.
Stanbridge East Community Centre, 5, rue Academy, Stanbridge East, Qc.


Sunday, March 18, 2018
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Stanbridge East Community Centre
5, rue Academy, Stanbridge East

Journey down the Pike: Reflections on Missisquoi’s river heritage
by Frederic Chouinard, MEnvSc, and Charles Lussier, agroforestry researcher

Waterways reveal the past and shape the future of life. In their joint presentation, Fréderic Chouinard and Charles Lussier explore the rich heritage of the Pike River valley from pre-colonial times to the modern era, sharing their insights into the geography, history and ecology of the river’s catchment area.

From its main headwaters in Vermont, the Rivière aux Brochets winds its way along the Quebec side of the international border through the historic communities of Frelighsburg, Stanbridge East, Bed- ford and Pike River before emptying into Lake Champlain. Drawing on their work with the water- shed management authority, l’Organisme de bassin versant de la baie Missisquoi, our guest speakers trace the region’s ecological and human history, including its importance to Indigenous peoples, the establishment of the Saint-Armand Seigneurie, the growth of forestry and agriculture beginning in the early 1800s, and the river’s value as a source of power during the industrial heyday of Missisquoi County, 1860 to 1950. What impacts have these various human activities had on the watershed? What will be the environmental legacy of today’s land uses? Highlights from recent water-quality studies promise to help answer these questions. Learn what communities are doing to preserve this natural resource for generations to come.

To view the complete Heritage Talks program, click here!