Spring Clean Up in Champlain Park

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.

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Walk in the woods with naturalist Owen Clarkin

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”

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

Public Consultation on the Plan for the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway Waterfront Linear Park – March 23

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http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/capital-planning/public-meetings/calendar-events/public-consultation-plan-sir-john-a-macdonald-parkw

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Public Consultation on the Plan for the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway Waterfront Linear Park
The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites you to attend a public workshop on the draft plan for the proposed Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway waterfront linear park.

The purpose of this third public workshop is to seek the public’s input on the updated draft concept for the overall park, as well as the more detailed draft concept for the section of the park between Westboro Beach and the proposed Cleary light rail transit station. Some of the key ideas that will be presented include the following:

Creation of better connectivity from local neighbourhoods to the shore with three new, at-grade signalized crossings
Development of three to six animation nodes at strategic sites to provide a variety of amenities for park users
Ecological restoration of the shore habitat
Proposal to better highlight the aquatic habitat with the construction of a boardwalk
Opportunity to comment on two parkway alignment options to facilitate mobility for all transportation modes and provide more park space on the river
The format of the event is a roaming workshop. Each segment of the waterfront linear park will be presented at a station, and participants will be free to visit the various stations and fill out a questionnaire.

Participate in person:

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Capital Urbanism Lab
100 Sparks Street, 4th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario

BOOK EARLY, limited space.
Registration is first-come, first-served, and closes at noon on Tuesday, March 22.

Universally accessible. Please let us know if you have any special needs.

Participate online:

Fill out the online questionnaire, available from March 23 (4 pm) to April 13 (midnight), 2016.

Visit the event web page for more information.

Fantastic X-Ski, snowshoe trail open along Parkway!

<this article was initially posted on the Champlain Park website>

The trail is in excellent condition, suggest you give it a try if you haven’t already done so.

2016-02-28 xski trail parkway 2The “Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail” runs from the Canadian War Museum to Westboro Beach.  You can access the trail at the Champlain Park – Carleton Avenue entrance to the NCC Forest.

For more details click here:

Many Thanks for your community spirit!

We would like to send out a huge thank you to all those involved in this project, for their hard work and dedication in making this become a reality.

Thanks to the Westboro Beach Community Association, the National Capital Commission,  Kitchissippi Councillor Jeff Leiper and especially Dave Adams of the Nakkertok Ski Club for making this happen.

2016-02-28 xski trail parkway 1

NCC Urban Forest Panel Discussion – February 16

I was going to post the notice about a panel discussion the NCC is holding about the urban forest (since we have a local group of people interested in our forest), but the session is full. However, there is a live video feed of the proceedings.

http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/about-ncc/urbanism-lab/calendar-events/urban-forest-science-to-poetry

http://www.ccn-ncc.gc.ca/a-propos-de-la-ccn/le-labo-durbanisme/calendrier-activites/la-foret-urbaine-de-la-science-a-la-poesi

The Urban Forest: From Science to Poetry

Join us for a discussion on the urban forest and the vital role it plays in the city. We will explore the benefits of the urban forest in terms of community health and regional biodiversity, as well as the aesthetic and ecological benefits it provides.

This event on the urban forest is presented by the National Capital Commission (NCC) in the Capital Urbanism Lab.

Follow our Urbanism Lab live on Periscope!

Moderator: Michael Rosen, Registered Professional Forester, and President, Tree Canada

Panel
Continue reading “NCC Urban Forest Panel Discussion – February 16”

Invitation to contribute to the local Community Forest

(This was originally posted on the Champlain Park website on January 13, 2016)

The Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA) and the National Capital Commission (NCC) have entered into an agreement to cooperate in the management of the forested area on NCC land between Northwestern Avenue and Island Park Drive north of Premier Avenue. This agreement enables the CPCA to promote and facilitate community projects aimed at improving the forest area. Following is a statement of the goals and objectives of the programme and guidelines for individuals and groups that wish to contribute ideas, time and resources.

The NCC forest bordering our community is an integral part of the community experience. Transformed from its natural state by cottage development in the 1900s and severely damaged by the 1998 ice storm, it currently serves as an area for walking, a home for wildlife and a buffer between the community and traffic on the Ottawa River Parkway.

The overall goal of the Community Forest Management Programme is to bring improvements to the forest consistent with the following objectives:

  • A gradual succession of the flora and fauna towards a mature forest comprised of native species of trees, shrubs and ground cover;
  • Removal of and strict avoidance of plant species known to be invasive or inappropriate to a native forest;
  • Maintaining a safe, accessible and litter-free environment for people of all ages;
  • Supporting opportunities for educational and recreational experiences in the forest and;
  • Enhancing pathways and connections between Champlain Park, the Ottawa River and the broader community

An informal Committee has been established to promote and facilitate community projects consistent with the overall goals and specific objectives of the programme.

A bur oak named "Canada Day 2015"
A bur oak named “Canada Day 2015”

The first action under the agreement with the NCC was the planting on Canada Day (2015) of a local bur oak sapling 10 metres to the west of the Carleton entrance to the forest. It is protected by a small fence, and watered by nature and dog walkers.
The Committee plans to develop a list of about 10 projects to be submitted in late February to the NCC as an initial set for their approval. Other projects will be added periodically. Projects discussed so far include:

  1. An inventory and mapping of current forest cover (trees, shrubs and ground cover, distinguishing between native, invasive and inappropriate species);
  2. Safe removal in selected areas of invasive and harmful plant species including Poison Ivy, Garlic mustard, Honey suckle, Japanese knot weed, and Dog strangling vine;
  3. Collection of deadwood from selected areas for chipping by the NCC and redistribution of wood chips to improve existing pathways;
  4. Planting in selected areas seed or cuttings of native species, with particular attention to shrubs (for example, xxx) and ground cover (trillium, xxx);
  5. Placement by the NCC of a garbage can at the Patricia Avenue entrance to the forest;
  6. Interpretive signs in a few locations describing some of the natural and cultural features of the forest;
  7. Naming the forest in a way recognizes the human and natural heritage of the area

You are invited to contribute project ideas or give time and resources to bring about improvements to the forest. You can do so by contacting members of the programme committee listed below.

If you have a specific project to suggest,

  • Outline in writing what it is you wish to do and indicate where in the forest it would happen (we will have a map with grid sections available shortly, for easy reference);
  • State how the project fits into the overall goal and specific objectives of the programme.
  • Indicate who will be involved, and how you intend to safely mobilize the people and other resources needed.

Approved projects will operate under the general protection of the CPCA liability insurance policy.

Discuss your ideas with any of the following committee members: Adrian Bradley (chair), Daniel Buckles, Eloise Holland, Roland Dorsay, John Arnason, Dennis Vanstaalduinen, Nick Xenos, Jen Neate and Allan Ramunas.