Celebration of the Champlain Bur Oaks
Several of Ottawa’s ancient Bur Oaks will be recognized as heritage trees on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, National Tree Day.
Forests Ontario is holding a ceremony to mark the significance of four trees, and the community of Bur Oaks, in the Champlain Park neighbourhood. The neighbourhood is home to at least 60 Bur Oaks that were once part of a forest along the Ottawa River.
An impressive number of the older trees have survived residential development, but the Bur Oaks of Champlain Park continue to face risks. Infill development has destroyed or damaged trees, even those that are supposed to be protected as “distinctive” trees under Ottawa bylaws.
Fortunately, the Champlain Oaks Project has been documenting, nurturing and advocating for the Bur Oaks of Champlain Park. They’ve been encouraging the City of Ottawa to recognize and protect heritage trees, an approach that is under consideration as part of the Urban Forest Management Plan recommendations.
The Heritage Tree Recognition event starts at 124 Cowley Ave. at 10:00 a.m. and will visit several other nearby trees. Bur Oak saplings, grown from heritage trees, will be for sale at the event, with proceeds going towards tree planting in the neighbourhood.
Find out more about the Bur Oaks and the Heritage Tree Recognition event at The Champlain Oaks Project website, which also has stories about each of the trees being recognized.
Here’s another opportunity to see the Bur Oaks of Champlain Park and other magnificent urban trees. Community group Big Trees of Kitchissippi is organizing neighbourhood walks to learn about urban trees and their importance, and efforts to map and to protect them. There’s a Champlain Park Tree Walk on Sunday, Oct. 15, and a Hampton Park Tree Walk on Sunday, Oct. 22. Find details on their website.
National Tree Day Challenge
Tree Canada is hosting an online tree planting campaign to mark National Tree Day and their 25th anniversary. Until October 1, if you plant a virtual tree online, they’ll plant a real tree on your behalf.
Fall Rhapsody in Gatineau Park
Fall Rhapsody, from Sept. 30-Oct. 22, showcases the changing colours of Gatineau Park. New this year are shuttlebuses that run 1) between downtown Ottawa and several Park sites including Pink Lake, King Mountain and Champlain Lookout, or 2) between Champlain Lookout and Camp Fortune. Check the NCC website for details.