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.

Mapping Ottawa’s Lost Trees

Subject: FW: Mapping Ottawa’s lost trees
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2018 08:26:10 -0400

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.

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NeighbourWoods Tree Mapping Workshop – June 9, 10

Daniel Buckles points out that there’s another tree mapping workship this weekend, 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:

What tree should I plant in a small yard? – June 9

Date: Sun, 27 May 2018 10:07:56 -0400

What tree should I plant in a small yard?

[Flowering Catalpa Tree in a Small Front 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 ( or 613-722-8048.

Jane’s Walk about Local Oak Trees – May 6

Debra Huron writes:

Hug one of our community’s heritage bur oaks this weekend as part of the city’s annual Jane’s Walk. Here are details

We will visit six majestic bur oak trees that will be coming into leaf. Learn how Champlain Park ‘hood has managed to get a provincial designation for these heritage trees—to date, the only such designations in Ottawa. Discuss and strategize on ways to ensure heritage trees and all our natural heritage are recognized by the City of Ottawa as it reviews its tree by-law in 2018.

Champlain Park Neighbourwoods Survey

Neighbourwoods in Champlain Park is a volunteer initiative to foster neighbourhood stewardship of the trees in Champlain Park. We’d like to know what you think about our first major result.
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Urban Tree Bylaw Meeting – March 3

From Daniel Buckles; main post is on the Environment Committee web site at

Come to a community meeting to develop and discuss citizen-led changes to the Urban Tree Conservation By-law.

[Protected Tree Bylaw Sign]

This by-law is important because it seeks to conserve larger trees on private property in the urban core. The City of Ottawa is undertaking a review of the bylaw this year. The meeting will provide residents with an opportunity to formulate ideas on how this by-law can better meet its objectives.
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Benefits of our Forest

Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2018 07:03:32 -0500

Just three blocks of trees in Champlain Park bring an annual flow of financial benefits to residents of $41,924 (using the USDA Forestry Services i-Tree benefits calculator). Imagine the flow of benefits of all the trees in the neighbourhood!

The Neighbourwoods in Champlain Park tree inventory has produced two interesting infographics, showing the size and diversity of trees, and the financial benefits to residents in the form of energy saved, storm water filtered, air quality improved, and carbon stored. Check it out, and save by saving our trees!

[Tree Mapping Poster of our Neighbourhood]