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 – 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

Parliament Hill Elm Tree – February 10

Learn about the heritage elm tree at risk on Parliament Hill

What: Public event to hear about the unique features of a heritage elm tree at risk on Parliament Hill

When: Sunday February 10, 2019, 2:30 p.m. — 3:20 p.m.

Where: Elm tree located east of Centre Block on Parliament Hill


  • Representatives of the Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital
  • Owen Clarkin, chair of conservation committee, Ottawa Field Naturalists Club

Come to a gathering at the base of the elm tree to learn from Owen Clarkin’s extensive knowledge of native trees and about what the Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital and other groups are doing to press for protection of a heritage elm on Parliament Hill.

Background on this issue:
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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

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

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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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