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

 

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

Better formatted versions of this newsletter are available at:

http://ncc-ccn.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/r/9CEF9DD81A3540752540EF23F30FEDED/

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.

2016-02-28 xski trail parkway 1

The biggest year ever for climate change action starts February 16

Ottawa residents are facing an unprecedented opportunity for a breakthrough on climate change over the next year.

We have entered one of those rare periods when our municipal, provincial and federal governments all have a mandate for action and a desire to move in the right direction. Each level of government is in the process of crafting its own response to the climate challenge and the combined result of their work will be a path forward that is filled with major milestones and specific deadlines.

This means that over the next 12 to 18 months, we will have one opportunity after another to say “Yes!!!” to the things that we want. And if people who care about climate change can rally around these key moments – support politicians that are prepared to show leadership and demand action from those that are not – then we will be able to look back on this period as a watershed for the direction of our city, our province, and our country.

No matter how much time and energy you have, you can be part of this potentially historic change, and it all starts on February 16th at City Hall.

Next Tuesday’s Environment Committee meeting will be packed with action on climate change and there has never been a more important time for you to tell your mayor and city councillor that you want to see leadership on this critical issue. You DO NOT need to be a policy expert on the minute details of what is being brought forward (though you can find a lot of additional information below). A simple phone call or email letting the Mayor and your city councillor know that you want them to push for action on climate change can help sweep away resistance and embolden leadership.

You can look up your councilor or find the contact information for all city Councillors here, and Mayor Jim Watson can be reached at (613) 580-2496 or Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca or tweet @JimWatsonOttawa
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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

Panel
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