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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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

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

http://www.ccn-ncc.gc.ca/planification-de-la-capitale/rencontres-publiques/calendrier-activites/consultation-publique-sur-le-

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.

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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

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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.