The Montréal Science Centre Hosts Beyond the Trees



    
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                                 21,000 years
           400 million hectares, or half of Canada's land surface
                            Used for 10,000 years
                     8 forest regions in 8 climate zones
            8,000 forest fires and over 100,000 square kilometres
                       ravaged by insect pests annually

                    A vital, constantly evolving resource
       An invitation to discover Canada's forests ... Beyond the Trees
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    An exhibition on Canada's forests: their secrets, their uses and their
    renewal

    MONTREAL, Oct. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Starting today, the Beyond the Trees
exhibition will be presenting the scientific and technological heritage
associated with the forestry industry, from the many uses of our forests to
the transformation of wood, the management of natural disturbances and
sustainable development. Visitors can expect a fascinating walk through the
woods!
    "The Beyond the Trees exhibition takes us on an unusual stroll through
our forests, to explore how they have been influenced by humans down through
the years," says Carol Pauzé, Director of Exhibitions at the Montréal Science
Centre. "It also illustrates our relationship with them today and our hopes
for the future."
    During their stroll, visitors will see our forests from the perspectives
of First Nations communities, early settlers, governments and forestry
companies. They will be able to learn more about the technologies used by the
forestry industry and examine first-hand some of the tools used to study
trees. For instance, they will see how scientific instruments like
stereoscopes and increment borers are employed by experts in geomorphology and
dendrochronology for determining and inventorying various forest stands and
trees' age and growth. They will also learn about the different elements that
destroy our forests, including forest fires and insect pests, in addition to
the importance of managing our forest resources in a responsible manner.
    There are more than 80 artifacts in the exhibition from the collection of
the Canada Science and Technology Museum and 16 on loan from other
institutions.
    The Beyond the Trees exhibition was produced by the Canada Science and
Technology Museum in close collaboration with the Montréal Science Centre and
the Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City. It will be open to the public
from October 9, 2008 to March 8, 2009.
    The Montréal Science Centre thanks its presenting partners Telus, Pfizer
and Hydro-Québec.

    About the Montréal Science Centre

    Since the Montréal Science Centre opened on May 1, 2000, more than five
million visitors, including 1,335,000 Quebec students, have participated in
its high-quality activities and educational programs, helping to foster young
people's interest in careers in science and technology. Today the Montréal
Science Centre is one of the leading Canadian cultural institutions. In its
young career, the Centre has presented close to thirty exhibitions, some of
them to international acclaim, including Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS 2
during the summer of 2007. In the fall of 2007, the Montréal Science Centre
was given a complete makeover, with four fascinating new exhibitions, Imagine,
Science 26, Mission Gaia and idTV.




For further information:

For further information: Clarah Germain, Media Relations, Montréal
Science Centre, (514) 283-8085, cgermain@oldportofmontreal.com

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