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Come to Champlain Park for Jane's Walk on May 3

Come to Champlain Park for Jane’s Walk on May 3

Dennis Van Staalduinen will be your host for a walk around Champlain Park, and beyond, to the site where Captain Daniel Keyworth Cowley and family occupied what they called the Manor House. It’s close to the corner of Patricia Ave. and Richmond Road. Dennis is no stranger to Jane’s Walk. He led a biking excursion along the Ottawa River last… Read more →

CFB Rockcliffe bur oak

CFB Rockcliffe bur oak

  This massive bur oak at the former CFB Rockcliffe base dates back well over 100 years, according to local naturalist Owen Clarkin (left). Iola Price (right) is one of various champions trying to ensure this and other distinctive trees on the property (owned by the federal government through the Canada Lands Company) are protected during the planned development (more… Read more →

A vision that supports Toronto’s mature trees

Did you know that the City of Toronto has a clear vision about how it plans to maintain and protect the urban forest canopy? I learned about this impressive vision just a week ago. It inspires a longing in me to see something similar happen in Ottawa. I won’t summarize or extensively quote the nuggets of creative and sensible thinking… Read more →

Old maples and big elms, here and there

Old maples and big elms, here and there

At the Wheeler family sugar bush in Lanark County,  I recently photographed this sugar maple and the sign that honours it. I am always thrilled to see examples of people acknowledging the value of mature trees. What surprised me about this maple is that its girth is not particularly big. Yet, at age 210, it’s twice as old as the… Read more →

Court case sucked into black hole

Court case sucked into black hole

A long-awaited court case,  in which the City of Ottawa’s legal representative meticulously set the facts before a judge,  was dismissed today by a provincial court judge due to lack of prima facie evidence. What salient piece of evidence (prima facie) did the lawyer for the City of Ottawa fail to submit to the court? Evidence that the property in… Read more →

Reader’s Digest tells the world about tree cloner

The latest edition of Reader’s Digest features a profile of David Milarch, the man from Michigan who is planting brand new versions of really old trees. We’d love to get him interested in bur oaks, but he seems to be focused on sequoias in California these days. Learn more about his work by reading the article. He asserts that this needs… Read more →