A sign for the times

If anyone wants to sing along with a Leonard Cohen tune, page I will lead Ottawa in a chorus of Hallelujah!

Yesterday, at 231 Daniel Ave., Forestry Services posted a sign that designates a tree on municipal property as a protected tree.

This kind of sign has ONLY appeared as a poster printed by Heather Pearl of the Champlain Park Community Association in the last 18 months. But who can argue with this being a good day for trees, since the City is finally doing something to enforce its own tree by-laws?

I will let the pictures tell the story. So far, I have not been able to confirm if the City issued a stop-work order on the property where a demolition has occurred and a new house will be built. Work definitely stopped at about 11 a.m. Workers from the water and sewer department said it was a stop-work order that sent them to a different job. The maple tree in these pictures must be fenced in. The root zone and the crown must be protected. People are watching what happens with trees all across Kitchissippi. Let’s hope we will be seeing more of these signs in the coming weeks and months. It’s about time! sign on treebig woundsmall woundcloseup sign

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4 Responses

  1. Kate McLaren
    Kate McLaren August 14, 2015 at 8:42 am | | Reply

    This is good news Debra, and a hopeful sign of a different kind of awareness about the value of our trees in the urban landscape.

  2. Iola Price
    Iola Price August 15, 2015 at 8:54 am | | Reply

    This is indeed good news. Too bad it didn’t happen in my neighbourhood several years ago where both city and private trees were not protected during a construction project and now are dying.

  3. Jack Radecki
    Jack Radecki September 3, 2015 at 6:19 am | | Reply

    The Ontario Urban Forest Council was in Ottawa some years ago when I was Executive Director. We had a field trip to see these marvelous trees. I am happy that people are starting to get the picture finally.
    regards Jack Radecki

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