Fostering Forest Succession in Champlain Park

Fostering Forest Succession in Champlain Park

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital, Theme10 – Sense of Place)

Organization: The Champlain Oaks Project

Timeline for Completion: Sept 2016


The riverine forest bordering Champlain Park in Westboro (Ottawa) is an integral part of the community experience. Residents and the Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA) have entered into an agreement with the National Capital Commission (NCC) to cooperate in the management of this small forested area between Pontiac Avenue and the Ottawa River Parkway.

On Saturday, Sept 17, 2016 residents planted 25 trees in a corridor connecting Pontiac to walking trails in the forest recently cleared by the NCC of dead ash trees and buckthorn that has come to dominate the understory. The planting included two clumps of yellow birch (7 trees in all), 4 poplar, 11 bur oaks, and three american chestnuts in section 25 of the forest (follow this link to the grid map used to guide projects in the forest). The goal is to reintroduce native and near-native trees species that can support the gradual succession of the flora and fauna towards a mature forest. The NCC plans to do something similar next Spring in other cleared areas of the forest.


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Project entered on: October 3, 2016 at 11:34 am

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