Take back the streets

Take back the streets

Recent discussion on community forums about the destruction of trees on James Street in Centretown highlights the sad history of Ottawa Hydro’s insensitivity to trees in mature neighbourhoods, and poor arboreal practices. Similar incidents have happened in recent years in Kitchissippi, including in Champlain Park. This year alone we lost three trees on one street because past pruning of the… Read more →

National Tree Day with our neighbourhood's Grade 3 students

National Tree Day with our neighbourhood’s Grade 3 students

As we’ve been doing since 2012, and with support from the Champlain Park Community Association, the Champlain Oaks project will plant trees on National Tree Day with students from St. George Catholic Primary school. National Tree Day (originated by Tree Canada) is Wednesday, Sept. 26. It happens right in the middle of National Forest Week, which Ecology Ottawa has decided… Read more →

Tree Action Now: New Website

Here is what you can do to get Tree Action Now. This new website, sponsored by CAFES and others, brings together three strategic actions: 1. Use the Lost Trees of Ottawa site to map trees lost to natural or human causes, and share a photograph or personal memory of the lost tree. Also, share the map with your neighbours, friends and community groups… Read more →

Mapping the Lost Trees of Ottawa

Mapping the Lost Trees of Ottawa

Go to the Map. Residents of Ottawa have witnessed and lamented the loss of 50,000 ash trees on city property alone destroyed due to an impact of climate change: the steady northern advance of the Emerald Ash Borer. Untempered intensification in the urban core is destroying front and back yard trees and dramatically reducing space for new trees. Wind and ice storms have… Read more →

3 new heritage bur oaks and a celebratory walk

3 new heritage bur oaks and a celebratory walk

Early this year, 3 more bur oaks in Champlain Park neighbourhood qualified as heritage trees under the Forests Ontario program that named an initial 3 bur oaks as heritage trees on National Tree Day in September 2017. Property owners and details of the 3 new trees are : William and Pam Lafreniere, 189 Keyworth Ave.: Bur oak measures 3.23 metres… Read more →

Calling all heritage trees

Calling all heritage trees

On the heels of September’s ceremony to honour heritage trees in Ottawa, Forests Ontario has confirmed that it can list more bur oaks from this neighbourhood in its provincial registry. The deadline for nominating a tree to Forests Ontario’s heritage tree program is December 31, 2017. Since I am already registered as a nominator with Forests Ontario, I can do… Read more →

Bravo to tree mappers in Champlain Park neighbourhood

Bravo to tree mappers in Champlain Park neighbourhood

Results of an 18-month project that mapped trees on private property are in, and more number crunching is set to occur. Called Neighbourwoods, the work involved training volunteer tree mappers in the spring of 2016 and then setting them loose to measure the girth and height and health of trees in a segment of the neighbourhood. This infographic tells the… Read more →

Legacy Trees Carry on Forest Genes

Discovering the family story DNA can tell reminds us of just how diverse genetic roots can be in a human life. Farmers know that the genetic variations within wheat, corn, millets and other food plants hold the key to disease resistance and future food security. The same value comes from keeping forest genes going. The genes of the bur oaks honoured… Read more →

The heritage bur oak at 211 Daniel Ave.

The heritage bur oak at 211 Daniel Ave.

Diameter at breast height: 121 cm w. Estimated age of tree: 200+ years old The bur oak that towers over four properties from a place of pride in the backyard at 211 Daniel Ave. represents the largest and oldest of Champlain Park’s bur oaks. In recent days, since the announcement that it will receive heritage status from Forests Ontario, Dennis… Read more →