Spring has finally arrived and the leaves on the trees have come out enough so we can identify the trees and we can once again build the NeighbourWoods survey/inventory. This process will help the community learn about the wonderful resource we have, and the many benefits the urban canopy bring to the neighbourhood.
As a kickoff to the summer’s work for newcomers as well as returning volunteers, come to a day devoted to (re)learning the NeighbourWoods protocol for assessing tree size and condition and to using various keys to identify trees. Bring a friend, bring a neighbour!
Meet at 9 AM Saturday, June 10 at the tree slice at the Fieldhouse, 149 Cowley Avenue (Sunday a rain day).
Contact Catherine Shearer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Daniel Buckles (email@example.com) for more details, and to RSVP.
LIFE’S MESSY APRIL 29 WE CLEAN IT UP
Champlain Park is looking for volunteers for our annual Spring Cleanup. The snow is melting extra fast, and trash accumulated over a long winter has started to appear.
The cleanup, part of the City’s Cleaning the Capital campaign, is a chance for neighbours of all ages – kids, teens, and adults – to get together, say hello, and help spruce up the neighbourhood.
Upcoming Projects and Activities
We will also be providing information in the fieldhouse of the upcoming projects and activities (tree mapping, update on the NCC, park expansion, etc.) occurring within the Champlain Park, and providing you with an opportunity to sign up and volunteer if any of them meet your interest and you would like to participate.
We’ll meet at the fieldhouse on Saturday, April 29 at 10 a.m. Juice, coffee, and cookies will be served. There is a map so that people can choose an area to work on. We’ll wrap up by noon. In case of rain, we’ll meet instead on Sunday, April 30.
The designated cleanup areas are the south side of Premier above the transitway; the boulevard on Northwestern and the path at its north end; and along the fence on Patricia and Pontiac and in the Champlain Woods between the fence and the parkway. It can also include the area along the river at the foot of Carleton, or any other public spaces you think could use some help.
We recommend wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts, appropriate footwear and gloves. The City will provide garbage bags.
If you have any questions or suggestions, call Andrea Murphy or Ian Reid at 613-715-9504.
Winter seems to be going, coming back, going … but eventually the buds on the trees will swell and spring WILL arrive. To enhance your appreciation of our urban forest and as a kick-off activity for Champlain Park’s environment activities, join naturalist Owen Clarkin for a walk through the Champlain Woods and various streets to learn how to identify trees when there are no leaves present.
When: 22 April – rain or shine
Time: 10 am – noon
Where: Champlain Park Fieldhouse
Event organized by: Catherine Shearer
Refreshments at the Fieldhouse following the walk where Owen will continue to answer questions
Owen Clarkin grew up near Russell Ontario, and has been studying the trees of Eastern Ontario as a dedicated amateur since the age of 4. After finishing a conventional education in the natural sciences, he has been more seriously exploring topics in tree ecology from an Eastern Ontario perspective, together with a core group of colleagues.
Below is a snippet of a previous presentation given by Owen Clarkin a few years ago in South Frontenac.
Clarkin highlighted the not so well known relatives of common trees in the area, like the sugar maple’s cousin, the black maple, which produces a tastier sap than its relative. Continue reading “Walk in the woods with naturalist Owen Clarkin”
When: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Champlain Park Fieldhouse
Learn about recent efforts to foster a healthy urban forest and green space in Champlain Park:
- Community mapping of trees and tree health
- Tree planting in the NCC forest
- The Little Woods at Clearview and Patricia
Bring your ideas for enhancing the green spaces in the neighbourhood and reducing the environmental footprint of our community.
All are welcome!
Like all of you, I attended a meeting in May hosted by Daniel Buckles and Adrian Bradley of the Urban Forest Green Spaces group.
Several initiatives were discussed that night including a tree inventory project. A number of you (along with some others) went to the Neighbourwoods weekend training session in early June and we have had several subsequent sessions to improve our skills in a group setting. During these sessions, we started the actual inventory (location, species, size, condition) using the trees in the park.
The next step in “Neighbourwoods in Champlain Park” will be a meeting to organize the expansion of the inventory process.
Tuesday, 28 June @ 7pm
Sorry for the short notice, but this seems best to catch most people before vacations take a lot of you out of town …
This meeting will be for setting up teams for the actual inventory, data input, GPS marking, etc. We expect to work block by block, in teams of 2-3 (or more).
EVEN IF YOU DID NOT GO TO THE TRAINING SESSION, we could still use your help. You could work with some of those who were able to take the training, especially when they are do the inventory on your street. You could serve as a block ambassador and introduce the team to your neighbours.
Coordinator, Neighbourwoods in Champlain Park
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Subject: REMINDER – City of Ottawa Community Environmental Projects Grant Program June 1 Deadline 2016
Are you looking for an opportunity to put your environmental ideas into action? The City of Ottawa is now accepting applications for the 2016 Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP).
CEPGP provides funding to community groups and non-profit organizations in Ottawa to undertake environmental stewardship projects that improve stormwater management, enhance and protect natural systems, or reduce environmental impact.
The application deadline is Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Successful CEPGP grant recipients must complete their projects within one year of receiving their funds. For details on eligibility criteria, the application process, profiles of past projects, and to download an application form, please visit Ottawa.ca/cepgp.
For more information on CEPGP, please contact Jennifer Brown, CEPGP Co-ordinator, at 613-580-2424 x 27914 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.