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Heritage Trees and Collective Rights

Another giant bur oak has died today,  and a second is at grave risk. 231 Keyworth (video): Excavation at this site has damaged a healthy old growth bur oak 1.11 metres in diametre. This is a pre-confederation giant (ca. 1855) with genes going back to the time of the last ice age. This is an incredibly important genetic resource in a… Read more →

Damage to bur oak #2: what consequences?

Damage to bur oak #2: what consequences?

At 251 Carleton Avenue,  an infill development has torn apart the roots of a bur oak. The Forestry Services staffer on site today had the following to say about this situation: The tree was noted during a Committee of Adjustment hearing and the developer agreed to “protect” the tree during excavation. Damage to the critical root zone is so significant… Read more →

Damage to bur oak #1 has consequences

Damage to bur oak #1 has consequences

A year ago, a neighbour opposed to tree protection on private property told me, sarcastically, “It’s not like bur oaks are an endangered species.” Yes, they are. Today’s events in Champlain Park point to how these gentle giants are being battered and damaged by property owners who seem to care not at all about them. At 231 Keyworth Avenue,  half the… Read more →