Mapping the Lost Trees of Ottawa

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 also taken their toll.

Now you can record the lost trees and your memories on our interactive map. It allows you to:

  • plot lost trees due to human or natural causes.

  • record details such as tree type (species), approximate date of loss and size.

  • add a photograph and comments.

  • view the cumulative count of loss, by cause and by City ward.

Thanks to support from Ersi Canada the app is easy to use. The data will be integrated with other mapping initiatives down the road.
The project is an initiative of BigTrees of Kitchissippi, Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability (CAFES), The Greenspace Alliance and Ecology Ottawa.
Please circulate to your networks and encourage people to record the lost trees of Ottawa.


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2 Responses

  1. Andrea
    Andrea June 10, 2018 at 2:43 pm | | Reply

    Wonderful “lost trees” initiative!
    I wonder about adding another component — inviting people to write a letter to a tree that has been lost and that was significant to them.

    1. Debra Huron
      Debra Huron June 12, 2018 at 10:49 am | | Reply

      Great idea. At the moment, the app manager has given lots of volunteer time to getting the map online.
      I hesitate to ask him to do more. To whom should people be writing a letter? The Mayor of Ottawa?
      City councillors? this is the kind of thing that could be part of a different initiative–an online petition perhaps?
      Open to hearing your ideas.

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