It's TREE month in Ottawa

It’s TREE month in Ottawa

As deciduous trees show off their colourful leaves and squirrels dash here and there, stashing acorns for the winter, please take time to appreciate what Tree Fest Ottawa has to offer each week at Brewer Park in Old Ottawa South. This month-long festival is a unique feature of life in the city. Tree Fest Ottawa will open its second year of… Read more →

Summary of events at Environment Committee, April 19

Summary of events at Environment Committee, April 19

On April 19,  the city’s environment committee convened to discuss a report on implementation of the urban tree conservation by-law submitted by two city departments on April 12, 2016. Below is a summary of what occurred at that meeting prepared by Erwin Dreesen of the Greenspace Alliance (used with permission). In an acorn shell, here’s what Erwin concluded after the… Read more →

BIG TREES of Kitchissippi wants councillors to reject update on tree by-law

When the City of Ottawa’s environment committee meets tomorrow, it will be looking at a staff report from two departments that citizens from BIG TREES of Kitchissippi are saying has to go back to the drawing board. The Champlain Oaks is one of 10 groups and community associations that form BIG TREES,  and I have been quoted in a press release… Read more →

The best of times or the worst of times?

The best of times or the worst of times?

On the last day of 2015,  here are some reflections on how mature, healthy trees in Champlain Park have fared in the last 364 days. Let’s accentuate the positive by noting that: 1. For the first time ever in Champlain Park community,  city officials (Forestry Services) posted a tree protection sign and mandated that tree protection occur for a large… Read more →

If a tree falls…new video released

Carleton University students who have created a new video about tree protection in Kitchissippi are calling it If a tree falls. The video features Daniel Buckles and Erin Topping (and children),  who are residents of Champlain Park. It also features Councillor Jeff Leiper. Four 4th year journalism students at Carleton University created the video–and received an A from their professor… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Why we need BIG TREES of Kitchissippi

Why we need BIG TREES of Kitchissippi

In recent years, National Tree Day (today!) has been a time to celebrate mature healthy trees in Champlain Park and to plant bur oak saplings with school children. This year,  the urge to celebrate is less prominent. This year, the Champlain Oaks is proud to sign on to BIG TREES of Kitchissippi. Here’s the News_Release Sept 23 (PDF will load)… Read more →