Buckthorn in the Little Woods

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Friday the 2oth of May began with perfect weather for our first work day in the Little Woods. Folks from Champlain Park turned up with tools in hand and great energy and enthusiasm. We started pulling out Buckthorn at 9 am and worked steadily till after lunch hour. Soon we’d amassed two great piles of cut shrubs,  ready for the city to come and chip for us.

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Buckthorn is a thorny shrub that forms large thickets and reduces the growth of shade tolerant native shrubs and herbs. The twigs end in a sharp thorn. The blue-black berries are eaten and spread by birds and it can be seen all through the larger NCC woods. You may even have it in your yard.
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City of Ottawa Community Environmental Projects Grant Program June 1 Deadline

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To: CEPGP <CEPGP@ottawa.ca>
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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 cepgp@ottawa.ca.

Ash Tree removal starts in NCC Forest – May 11, 2016

Important Notice:

To advise all users of the NCC Forest

Removal of identified Ash trees within the NCC forest are scheduled to begin Wednesday May, 11,2016.

Access to the forest will be limited during this time for the safety of users.

Initial operations will begin Wednesday May 11, 2016 with planned completion by the 20th of May.

A Biologist will be onsite Monday and Tuesday identifying active nests.

All work is conducted in accordance with the overall EAB strategy: http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/property-management/what-we-manage/emerald-ash-borer.

Project Title: NCC Forest Ash Tree Removal Project
Team leader: NCC Urban Lands & Transportation
Contact email: info@ncc-ccn.ca phone: 613-239-5000

Urban Forest Green Spaces – Community Wide Awareness Meeting – May 19

Existing trails within the NCC forest at Champlain Park

 Are you interested in fostering healthy green spaces and urban forests supporting native plants and wildlife? Are you interested in the recreational enjoyment of nature within the Champlain Park for your family, friends, neighbours and future generations?

This maybe of interest to you!

Please join us for our first Urban Forest Green Spaces community-wide meeting, where we will outline the community partnership with the NCC and the City of Ottawa and share progress on community-based projects underway in the NCC forest, the Little Woods and our Park.

We’ll hear from community representatives of the initiative, the NCC and the City of Ottawa on:

  • What’s happening in the NCC forest bordering our community and the parkway, the Little Woods and our Park.
  • Mapping paths and trees
  • Improving paths with woodchips
  • Planting native trees, shrubs and flowers

Meeting details:

Location:  Champlain Park Fieldhouse

Time:          7:30 – 9 pm – Thursday evening

Date:           May 19, 2016

In order to support the Urban Forest Green Spaces initiatives go to the website at: https://urbanforestgreenspaces.wordpress.com

 

 

 

Weekend Training in Tree Mapping Workshop

June 3-5, 2016

Dr. Andy Kenney and Forester Astrid Nielsen will lead you through the steps for identifying tree species, assessing tree health and mapping the location of trees in Champlain Park. The resulting inventory will show the economic value of trees to people due to energy conserved, stormwater filtered, air quality improved and carbon dioxide removed. And help the community retain its forest canopy.

The Workshop sessions take place on the following

Friday, June 3, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Saturday, June 4, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sunday, June 5, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Participants must commit to attend at least 80% of the full workshop

Location

Meet at the Champlain Park Fieldhouse

Cost
Registration is $20 per person, includes refreshments and a field manual, space it limited to the first 25 registrants on a first come, first serve basis

Registration

To register please complete Tree Mapping Workshop registration form

For more information

Contact Adrian Bradley (adrian.bradley@sympatico.ca) or Daniel Buckles (dbuckles@sympatico.ca)

This workshop has been organized under the Urban Forest and Green Space projects of Champlain Park