Debra Huron

The sound of no hands clapping

The sound of no hands clapping

In April 2011, despite protests,  a magnificent bur oak met its death in Champlain Park so that a developer and the City of Ottawa could stay out of court. The City’s legal team caved in to a developer’s threat that he would take legal action to challenge implementation of the Urban Tree Conservation By-law. With a permit in hand, the… Read more →

The value of trees in Ottawa’s urban core

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… Read more →

Tree protection at tonight's budget forum

Tree protection at tonight’s budget forum

Tree reps from Kitchissippi Ward will be on hand at tonight’s community budget meeting for 3 urban core wards. We have created a budget flyer that outlines how the 2015 budget can protect_mature_trees_in_urban_core (PDF will load). Community associations and groups have endorsed and will circulate it. As always, when it comes to money, there seems to be too little of it,… Read more →

A man shares a year in the life of a bur oak

A man shares a year in the life of a bur oak

Mark Hirsch found himself at odds with life, and turned to a bur oak for healing. For one year, he took a picture each day of a sprawling bur oak in a cornfield in Wisconsin. Rain or shine, and through lots of sleet and snow, he found himself relating to the tree–something he probably thought of, at first, as an… Read more →

A graphic chronicle of damage

A graphic chronicle of damage

  This week and next,  I am showing community associations in Kitchissippi the graphic results of Ottawa not implementing the Urban Tree Conservation By-law. Last night,  I spoke to the Westboro CA’s Annual General Meeting. On Dec. 10,  I will be talking to the executive of the Westboro Beach CA. I have created a slide show that you can view… Read more →

Moving a huge bur oak and how blue jays propagate oaks

Moving a huge bur oak and how blue jays propagate oaks

I thought people at universities were supposed to be smart. Many people who read this article about the University of Michigan’s plan to move a huge bur oak 600 feet will say,  “Wow, these smart people care about trees.” I am less generous. I say, “How smart is it to spend $400,000 to do something that doesn’t have to be… Read more →

Bur oak planting featured at Tree Ottawa launch

Bur oak planting featured at Tree Ottawa launch

A girl who festooned her hair with leaves (foreground) watches an exchange between the Mayor of Ottawa,  Jim Watson,  and Daniel Buckles (blue shirt) of the Champlain Oaks Project. Buckles then planted a bur oak sapling in the soil of Champlain Park with the Mayor’s help. The occasion? Ecology Ottawa was launching its city-wide Tree Ottawa project on a warm… Read more →

Plentiful acorns fall from big bur oak

Plentiful acorns fall from big bur oak

When Hank Jones of TreeNuts Canada (left in photo) visited Champlain Park neighbourhood to see what the acorn bounty might be this year,  he soon found himself chatting with the Kot family of Cowley Ave. Mr. Steve Kot, try (right) and his wife Kay Kot (centre) have lived 57 years in the house that plays host to the second-largest bur… Read more →

Bur oak sapling planted at St. George School

Bur oak sapling planted at St. George School

  From an acorn buried by a squirrel, a bur oak sapling grew. As it moved from a plastic pot to the welcoming earth,  this year’s planting of a bur oak marks the third time that students at St. George have been involved in National Tree Day. In all, 60 students from three classes had a chance to ask questions and… Read more →