from Daniel Buckles…
Wonder what the blue flags near the Carleton/Pontiac entrance to the river are all about? To the west of the entrance, Catherine Shearer has been protecting a patch of the common milkweed, a plant critical to the Monarch Butterfly. This emblematic butterfly is making something of a come back this year (see here for details). In the same area she is also removing seeds of the Dog Strangling Vine, an invasive species that if left unchecked will form a dense mat that smothers trees, shrubs and everything else. Along the main trail to the river are flags showing where a house for Purple Martins will be installed next spring (rescued from the old Trailhead building by Adrian Bradley, and fixed up by Alan Ramunus and Catherine Shearer).
Catherine Shearer and a patch of Common Milkweed
Further west down the path into the woods Adrian Bradley has been continuing the effort to smother Japanese Knotweed, Continue reading
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Tagged NCC forest
Want to be a “Treeplanter” in Champlain Park? Volunteers are needed to prepare the ground for National Tree Day, and plans for Grade 3 students from St. George Elementary School to plant trees.
Contact Daniel Buckles (Daniel.email@example.com) to pitch in from 6:45 to 7:30 pm this week. We’ll start Monday evening, Sept 17 and continue each evening until it is done. We will dig holes for 8 trees to be planted in the NCC forest along Pontiac Ave. as part of the Champlain Park Community Association partnership with the NCC. If you don’t want to dig, you can help prepare the fences needed to protect the saplings.
Since they mentioned tree tours…
Subject: Friends of the Farm Fall Events and Activities
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:15:15 -0400
From: Friends of the Farm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hello, here are the Friends of the Farm events and activities for Fall 2018. Please help us get the word out, thank you.
September 23rd– Friends of the Farm Tree Tour at 10am Blgd 72, Arboretum. Citizen Science: How to Document Trees. Tour leader Owen Clarkin will focus on how and why to document trees to the family, genus, and species levels for scientific/conservation databases, emphasizing techniques in photography. Free, public welcome. Register online http://friendsofthefarm.ca/arboretum-tree-tours/ or 613-230-3276
From: Debra Huron <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2018 10:40:52 -0400
Ecology Ottawa is inviting YOU to create a tree-loving event for candidates in YOUR ward. It’s all about putting trees on the agenda for the Oct 22 municipal election. Get active now and make our voices heard during National Forest Week, Sept 23-29. https://ecologyottawa.ca/2018/08/24/this-national-forest-week-make-trees-an-election-issue/
Debra Isabel Huron
Phone: 613 859-8049
Subject: FW: Mapping Ottawa’s lost trees
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2018 08:26:10 -0400
From: DANIEL BUCKLES <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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.
Daniel Buckles points out that there’s another tree mapping workship this weekend, http://www.kanatabeaverbrook.ca/joomla16/index.php/8-news/167-tree-inventory-course-june-9-10 has the details of the two day workshop.
NeighbourWoods in Beaverbrook (Kanata) is running a tree mapping workshop with Dr. Andy Kenny Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 10. They have kindly offered a few spots to our neighbourhood, for those that would like to refresh or learn to use this protocol for tree mapping (tree identification and tree health assessment). Tree mapping in Champlain Park has raised awareness about the health of our urban forest and measured the many benefits in ways relevant to City policy. Its fun too!
If interested in attending, contact the organizer, Rob Mcaulay directly to register: email@example.com.
Date: Sun, 27 May 2018 10:07:56 -0400
From: DANIEL BUCKLES <firstname.lastname@example.org>
What tree should I plant in a small yard?
If you have thought about planting a tree in your yard but don’t know what options to consider, Saturday June 9 is your opportunity to pick the brain of Owen Clarkin, famed Ottawa tree specialist. Owen Clarkin and I are developing a decision-guide for site assessment and selecting the right tree for you. Make an appointment with us for Saturday June 9 between 1:30 and 5:00 pm (half hour intervals) and we will come by your house to walk you through the steps: What is the vision for your property, what are the notable attributes of candidate trees, what risks to consider, how to care for your tree as it grows?
We are particularly keen to talk with residents in new infill houses so we can see what is possible in very small yards.
Contact Daniel Buckles (Co-chair CPCA Environment Committee) for an appointment (email@example.com) or 613-722-8048.