Fill in each numbered blank with one suitable word or phrase.
Tree have (1) _____ a meaningful role in the (2) _______ development of Canada and continue to be of commercial, environmental and aesthetic importance to all Canadians. Maples contribute valuable wood products, keep the maple sugar (3) _______ alive and help to beautify the landscape. Since 1965 the maple leaf (4) _______ the most important feature of the National Flag of Canada and the maple tree with the leaves has become the most well-known Canadian (5) ________nationally and internationally. Maple leaf pins and badges are proudly (6) ______ by Canadians abroad, and are recognized around the world. (7) _____ the maple leaf is closely associated with Canada, the maple tree was never officially recognized (8)_____Canada’s emblem until 1996.