Daniel Buckles

Legacy Trees Carry on Forest Genes

Discovering the family story DNA can tell reminds us of just how diverse genetic roots can be in a human life. Farmers know that the genetic variations within wheat, corn, millets and other food plants hold the key to disease resistance and future food security. The same value comes from keeping forest genes going. The genes of the bur oaks honoured… Read more →

Planting day

Fostering Forest Succession in Champlain Park

The riverside forest bordering Champlain Park to the west of downtown Ottawa  is an integral part of the community experience. Residents and the Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA) have entered into an agreement with the National Capital Commission (NCC) to cooperate in the management of this small forested area between Pontiac Avenue and the Ottawa River Parkway. On Saturday, Sept 17,… Read more →

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 →

Urban Forest Management Plan and the current culture

Following is an open letter to the City of Ottawa regarding the launch of the Urban Forest Management Plan. Dear Martha, Thank you for organizing the launch of the Urban Tree Management Plan yesterday at Landsdowne. There are many positive features of the initiative,  and I will do what I can to support the process. I feel compelled to flag,… Read more →

Black day for trees on private property

Click here to see video: removal of black walnut September 17th was a black day for trees on private property. At 231 Daniel Avenue a majestic black walnut was destroyed against the wishes of the property owner by a reckless,  first-time developer and a City of Ottawa afraid of its own shadow. Here is the sequence of events. A young man… Read more →

When will enforcement start?

When will enforcement start?

The Municipal Trees and Natural Areas Protection Bylaw 2006-279 has been in place for 8 years. When the Champlain Oaks Project started in late 2010 we were told by the City’s Forestry Services that this and the Urban Tree Conservation Bylaw 2009-200 were primarly educational tools. Enforcement would come later, once property owners and contractors were aware of the By-laws… Read more →

Veteran Trees

Owen Clarkin is an Ottawa naturalist and longtime admirer of the craggy Bur Oak and other “veteran trees” such as Rock Elms and Bitternut Hickorys that once dotted the landscape along the Ottawa River. He will be joining us as a blogger shortly,  so watch for some interesting stories and photos to come. In the meantime, he has given me permission… 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 →

Urgent Tree Alert - 121 Northwestern Avenue

Urgent Tree Alert – 121 Northwestern Avenue

I was out enjoying this beautiful afternoon today when I came across evidence of serious risk to several City trees at 121 Northwestern, pharmacy and plans under discussion to remove a City tree that the developer had agreed to protect. The issues seem to be twofold: A bur oak planted in the median by the City several years ago has… Read more →

Beyond Sir Issac Newton

Beyond Sir Issac Newton

England’s National Trust protects historic places and green spaces in the UK, for sale including the apple tree at Sir Issac Newton’s home in Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire that is said to have inspired his theory of gravity. Is this the yardstick against which Ottawa’s heritage trees are to be measured, approved or do we have our own natural and human… Read more →