Category Archives: Trees

Tree discussions and other related material. There are lots of trees in the neighbourhood, and a fair amount of tree related conflict with development, which means quite a few posts are tree related. Not everything is Champlain Oaks Project, thus this more general tree category.

Environmental Initiatives Meeting – January 17

Interested in learning about and contributing to environmental initiatives in Champlain Park? Meet with us on Thursday, January 17 from 7-9 PM at the Field House. We will discuss the steps we can take together to foster sustainable living in a healthy urban environment, including:

  • Rehabilitation of the “Little Woods” (Patricia and Clearview northeast corner lot)
  • Discuss extension and widening of the existing trail between Carleton, Northwestern and the Remic Rapids Woods
  • Rehabilitation of selected sections of the Champlain Woods (invasive species, tree planting)
  • City’s plan for the Northwestern median
  • Options for planting street trees
  • Update on the Pontiac Street closure
  • The Planters and potential for community garden.

Convened by Daniel Buckles and Adrian Bradley, Co-Chairs, Environment Committee of the Champlain Park Community Association.

Halifax Urban Trees Video

Subject: Fwd: [CANUFNET] Short video about the importance of trees from Halifax, NS
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 21:48:55 -0500
From: Heather Pearl <>

Dare I say that this five minute video is worth a thousand words?


From: David Foster via CANUFNET <>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 at 15:19
Subject: [CANUFNET] Short video about the importance of trees from Halifax, NS

Hi CANUFNET folks,

A collaboration between the Halifax Regional Municipality and PLANifax, a local group of planning enthusiasts/students/videographers has produced a new video about the importance of trees to urban environments. Share widely to help spread the word about the unsung heroes of our cities! Thanks for your help getting it out.

YouTube: Trees of all Trades (


David Foster

David E. Foster, BSc, MREM
PhD Student
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS
t: 902-880-8712

City Consulting on Significant Woodlands

Subject: Fwd: Significant Woodlands Guidelines — public consultation
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2018 19:36:29 -0500
From: Heather Pearl <>

Hi all. This is FYI, and to be posted on the web site.

The City is inviting comments on the Draft Significant Woodlands Guidelines, just posted on the City of Ottawa website. Here are the full links and the re-directs: or orés

The deadline for public comment is December 17, 2018.
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Champlain Park’s Intrepid Volunteers (Champlain Woods)

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]

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

Treeplanters Wanted – September 17

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 ( 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.
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Friends of the Farm Fall Activities

Since they mentioned tree tours…
– Alex

Subject: Friends of the Farm Fall Events and Activities
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:15:15 -0400
From: Friends of the Farm <>

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 or 613-230-3276
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Ecology Ottawa Tree Event for Municipal Candidates

From: Debra Huron <>
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.

Debra Isabel Huron
Phone: 613 859-8049