Heritage Forest Initiative

“The Champlain Oaks” are a community of trees centuries old. Oaks this age in an urban environment are very rare. A surviving forest fragment interspersed with residential development is exceptional. If recognized now as a community or “forest fragment” of heritage value, cost
they have the potential to live on for centuries more as a valuable genetic resource and living link to the history of human settlement in this area.

The Champlain Oaks Project  is in the process of developing a proposal to amend the Urban Tree Conservation By-Law and the Municipal Trees and Natural Areas Protection By-Law to include a definition of “heritage trees” and a listing of “Champlain Oaks” so recognized in a Registry. Stay tuned. 

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  1. Ingrid Kjarsgaard
    Ingrid Kjarsgaard September 11, 2013 at 1:27 am | | Reply

    We are losing our century old bur oaks to infill development in Old Ottawa South (South of the Glebe) – what can we do to stop this? Have you made any progress with the “heritage tree” designation? Do you know of any precedents where oaks were saved from development and if so, what was the argument used and who were the developers involved? The City seems to hand out “distinctive tree” permits without hesitation.


    Ingrid Kjarsgaard
    15 Scotia Place

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