Category Archives: Environment Committee

Messages from the Environment Committee. Also see their web site at https://urbanforestgreenspaces.wordpress.com/

Watering the Planted Trees

From: DANIEL BUCKLES <dbuckles@sas2.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 18:10:31 -0400

Calling on all dog walkers and nature walkers, willing to water a tree!

Some 18 neighbours planted 62 native trees this week, right here in Champlain Park, in celebration of Canada’s National Tree Day. The trees include Black Elderberry, Black Cherry, Eastern Redbud, White Cedar, Red Pine, Eastern White Pine, White Spruce, White (paper) Birch, and (of course) the heritage Burr Oak of Champlain Park.

The trees still need a helping hand, so if you are walking in the Champlain Woods (the NCC woods) today and for the next few weeks please take a few litres of water with you and water a few tree saplings (about a litre a tree per visit). You can’t miss them as they are planted on mounds and protected with wire cages at three sites: Trout Lily Lane (trail access point on Pontiac on the north side of the school yard), the north side of the newly closed section of Pontiac, and The Little Woods entrance (along the length of the west side of Patricia).

Working with the NCC’s permission and a small grant from the City, volunteers planned and implemented a novel method for planting trees in areas with very thin and rocky soils (the case throughout the woods). Thanks to volunteers: Linda Landreville, Kris and Véronique Phillips, Natalie and Kris Wright, Heather Pearl, Louise Atkins, Wallace Beaton, Rita Blattman, Jen, Helena and Eden Neate, Ken Stevenson, and Erin Topping, her daughter and a friend, supported by members of the Champlain Park Community Association Environment Committee (Daniel Buckles, Catherine Shearer, John Arnason and Adrian Bradley).

Planting Trees Event in the Neighbourhood – September 20

Celebrate National Tree Day by Planting Trees in our Neighbourhood

COVID-19 compliant process in place.

Volunteers needed to move soil and plant trees using an innovative technique called Hügelkultur (tree mounds). Join the community environment committee on Sunday, September 20 between 10 am and 5 pm (any shift of an hour is welcome). Bring your own work gloves, face mask, and shovel. Wheel barrows urgently needed too. Meet on Patricia Avenue at Clearview (work also taking place on Pontiac near the school).

Please confirm you can help by sending an email to Catherine Shearer <metshag@gmail.com>

Daniel Buckles

Enviro Meeting – October 17

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 7pm in the Fieldhouse

Agenda items

  • This year’s Enviro accomplishments – i.e. reviewing the 2019 Enviro Report
  • Please bring your ideas and suggestions in helping our community make a difference in our environmental footprint
  • Discuss future plans and call for volunteers for projects for upcoming 2020 year

All are welcome!

Purple Martin Birdhouse Installed

Purple Martin Birdhouse – Champlain Park Community

[Male Purple Martin Bird]

The Environment Committee of the CPCA are extremely pleased to announce the successful installation of a brand new Purple Martin birdhouse in partnership with the NCC as a pilot project along the Ottawa River Pathway.

[Four decker birdhouse on a tall pole, with river behind]
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Woodlands Restoration

Woodlands Restoration (and garlic mustard harvest)

Please join us at The Little Woods (Clearview and Patricia) every Monday and Thursday evening in June from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, to help with the woodlands restoration. We are removing garlic mustard (a edible but invasive plant) and planting native ground cover and shrubs suitable for a woodland garden. The corner lot is a City property. Restoration will extend to several prominent locations in the NCC woods (Champlain Woods).

Bring gloves, shearers and small shovels if you have them. Contribute as much or as little as you can.

Organized by Catherine Shearer and the Environment Committee.

Environmental Initiatives Meeting – February 21

Interested in learning about and contributing to environmental initiatives in Champlain Park? Meet with the Environment Committee on Thursday, February 21 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM at the Field House. We will discuss the steps we can take together to foster sustainable living in a healthy urban environment, including:

  1. Planting ground cover and shrubs in conjunction with the removal of invasive species in selected spaces in the Champlain Woods
  2. Butterfly Garden in the Champlain Woods
  3. Community flower beds at Champlain Park
  4. Options for planting street trees
  5. Other items

Report on January 17th Environmental Initiatives Meeting

Report on Environmental Initiatives Meeting – January 17

The Environment Committee of the Champlain Park Community Association met with interested residents at the Field House on Thursday, January 17. There were 16 people at the meeting engaged in informative discussions and amicable debates about steps we are taking together to foster sustainable living in a healthy urban environment (the Committee mission). Follow this link to the Environment Committee page for detail.

Daniel Buckles and Adrian Bradley, Co-chairs, Environment Committee