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Heritage Tree Workshop
Friday, 8 June 2012 at 8:30 AM (EDT)
LATE REGISTRATION IS NOW IN EFFECT. LATE TICKETS DO NOT INCLUDE LUNCH, PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN. PRE-REGISTRATION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL WED JUNE 6 AT 5 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT.
WALK IN REGISTRATION WELCOME - BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH!! AT THE DOOR WE CAN ONLY TAKE CASH OR CHEQUES. We cannot take credit or debit for walk-in registrations.
Please join us for a highly informative, one-day workshop on June 8, 2012 focused on recognizing, valuing and protecting Heritage Trees. We are fortunate to have an impressive line-up of professionals who will be sharing their knowledge and experience with workshop participants. The PROGRAM is available at oufc.org. At noon, a light catered lunch will be served. Doors open at 7:45 and we’ll welcome you with a cup of morning coffee or tea and a muffin.
A separate field trip (includes bus and lunch) has been organized for June 9 2012 to those special places in Ottawa where the trees are ancient and of cultural and natural interest. Guides will describe the special features.
We are pleased to have Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee as our local partner along with the Central Experimental Farm. And, we appreciate the additional support of Tree Canada, as a sponsor for this Ottawa workshop.
Urban forests, and in particular our oldest, healthy trees are garnering growing public attention, and this day will provide you with some of the best practices and current thinking in this field
For a complete Program visit oufc.org
Complete bus tour info is below
FIELD TRIP OF OTTAWA HERITAGE TREES
SATURDAY JUNE 9, 2012
8:00 AM – meet at CEF – Arboretum
- tour leader Crispin Wood CEF Arboretum Staff
The Arboretum which is located in the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, displays a wide range of established trees and shrubs some dating back to 1889, the date that the Arboretum was established. The Arboretum covers about 26 hectares of rolling land between Prince of Wales Drive and the Rideau Canal and comprises various soil types and moisture levels. Many of the trees and shrubs planted in 1889 are now among the largest specimens of their species in Canada. In 1889, little was known about the hardiness of exotic plants in the Ottawa area, so most of the trees were obtained from the famous nurseries of Spaeth in Germany, Louis Freres in France, Ellwanger and Barry in Rochester, N.Y., and the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plains, Mass. Some of the plants from the Arnold Arboretum were from explorers in China, including Drs. E.Wilson and J. Rock.
9:40 AM – bus departs for Rideau Hall
10:00 AM – Rideau Hall tour of grounds and building
- outside tour leaders Mark Burleton and/or Normand Hotte from the National Capital Commission
- inside tour provided by Rideau Hall tour guides
(this part of the tour limited to the first 40 people that register for the field trip)
Since the early 1900s, important visitors have “planted” their own trees at Rideau Hall, taking a ceremonial spade in hand and tossing a scoop of soil at the foot of a young tree. There are more than 120 ceremonial trees at Rideau Hall, and to walk through the grounds is to walk through history. There is a sugar maple planted by Dwight Eisenhower, a red oak for Charles de Gaulle, and another a red oak for Richard Nixon, which he managed to toss some soil on before he was impeached.
12:00 PM – bus leaves for Richelieu Park
12:15 PM - lunch at park - box lunch included for those who register before May 28
12:30 PM - tour leader Mike Rosen – President of Tree Canada
The story of the Richelieu Park in the former municipality of Vanier, Ontario (now Ottawa) is more than that of a beautiful 10 acre heritage park and sugar maple forest – the largest urban sugar bush in the world. It is a story of history - of the rich franco-ontarian history of the area and of the desire to reinvigorate the reputation of a community with its natural love of nature. Unique in its location, Richelieu Park (or the Vanier Sugarbush) is located in the heart of Vanier, a densely populated and diverse working class community with strong francophone roots. With the construction of the original sugar shack in the 1930’s as part of the White Fathers monastery to the re-construction of the “cabane à sucre” by a community group, “Action Vanier” in 1998, this unique woodlot stands as a symbol of the value of heritage protection and of the enduring value of the urban forest. We will be exploring the grounds and the sugar shack to see natural heritage in action!
1:30 PM – bus leaves for Champlain Park
1:50 PM – site of the Champlain Oak – tour leader Daniel Buckles
Daniel will introduce participants to the 'Champlain Oaks' whose historical and cultural significance motivated Daniel and three community groups to petition the City of Ottawa to list these 106 bur oaks on the City's Heritage Register. The felling of one of the oldest (150 yrs) of these trees on Easter Monday 2011 prompted major community calls for protection and celebration of these trees.
Daniel Buckles PhD. Is Secretary of the Champlain Park Community Association
2:50 PM – bus leaves to return to CEF – Arboretum
3:00 PM – end of tour