Food Forests for Champlain Park?

Follow this link to read about a call for Food Forests as part of the plan for Blackstone Community Park near Stitsville. Could this be part of reimagining Champlain Park?

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Deadline: City’s Community Environmental Projects Grant Program

Deadline for the City’s Community Environmental Projects Grant Program is March 31, 2018

Are you looking for an opportunity to put your environmental ideas into action? The City of Ottawa is now accepting applications for the 2018 Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP). 

CEPGP provides funding to community groups and non-profit organizations to undertake environmental stewardship projects that support an environmentally sustainable Ottawa.

The application deadline is Saturday, March 31, 2018 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 Jen Brown, CEPGP Co-ordinator, at 613-580-2424 x 27914 or at cepgp@ottawa.ca.   

La date limite pour présenter une demande dans le cadre du Programme de subventions aux projets communautaires liés à l’environnement de la Ville est le 31 mars 2018

Êtes-vous à la recherche d’une occasion de concrétiser vos idées touchant l’environnement? La période de présentation des demandes à la Ville d’Ottawa dans le cadre du Programme de subventions aux projets communautaires liés à l’environnement (PSPCE) pour 2018 a commencé.

Le PSPCE accorde une aide financière à des groupes communautaires et des organismes à but non lucratif pour mettre sur pied des projets d’intendance environnementale en appui à la durabilité environnementale d’Ottawa 

La date limite pour la présentation des demandes dans le cadre du PSPCE sera le samedi 31 mars 2018, à 16 h. 

Les bénéficiaires d’une subvention dans le cadre du PSPCE doivent mettre leur projet en œuvre dans un délai d’un an après avoir reçu le financement.  Pour obtenir des détails sur les critères d’admissibilité, le processus de demande, profils de projets passés et pour télécharger un formulaire de demande, veuillez consulter Ottawa.ca/pspce.

Pour en savoir davantage, communiquez avec Jen Brown, Coordonnatrice du PSPCE, au 613-580-2424, poste 27914 ou à pspce@ottawa.ca.

Neighbourwoods in Champlain Park – 2017

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 (metshag@gmail.com) or Daniel Buckles (dbuckles@sympatico.ca) for more details, and to RSVP.

https://urbanforestgreenspaces.wordpress.com/projects/neighbourwoods-in-the-champlain-park-project/

Catherine Shearer

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”

Neighbourwoods in Champlain Park – its first meeting

Hello,

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.

Catherine Shearer
Coordinator, Neighbourwoods in Champlain Park

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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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

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

 

Fantastic X-Ski, snowshoe trail open along Parkway!

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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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