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Canada 150th Maple Groves

Background

As we celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, special projects are being implemented to leave a legacy for future generations. The goal of the Canada 150 Maple Groves project is to plant a grove of 150 native Canadian maple trees in each of the City's 23 wards. 

What is a grove?

The Canada 150 Maple Groves may take the form of a formal cluster of trees, linear groupings, or maples planted with a reforestation site or natural area. 

What species of trees are planted in the Canada 150 Maple Groves project?

The trees planted in the grove will be native Canadian sugar, red, and silver maples.

What size are the trees?

Primarily, the trees will be potted 25 mm caliper (about 5-7 ft tall) however, smaller stock may be used if more appropriate to the site.

Where will the groves be planted?

The following sites have been selected for the Canada 150 Maple Groves project:
 

Ward Grove Location Address
1
Orleans
Fallingbrook Park  681 Deancourt Cres
1150 Charlemagne Blvd
2
Innes 
Just Foods Site 

2389 Pepin Ct

3
Barrhaven

Greenspace along Strandherd

3982 Strandherd Dr

4
Kanata North

Ernest Smith Park/Village Green SWMF

43 Bishop Mills Way84 Birkendale Dr

5
West Carleton-March

Diefenbunker Facility Grounds

3911 Carp Rd

6
Stittsville

Pathway Link

46 Beverly St

7
Bay

Wesley Clover Parks

401 Corkstown Rd

8
College

Queensway Carleton Hospital

3045 Baseline Rd

9
Knoxdale-Merivale

Nepean Creek Park

15 Colonnade Rd

10
Gloucester-Southgate

Bruff Park and Reston Park

250 Lorry Greenberg Dr30 Huntersfield Dr

11
Beacon Hill- Cyrville

Sir George-Etienne-Cartier Pkwy

Sir George-Etienne-Cartier Pkwy at Shefford Rd

12
Rideau-Vanier

Kingsview Park

246 North River Rd

13
Rideau-Rockcliffe

Aviation Parkway Median

Montreal Rd to Ogilvie Rd

14

Somerset

Mini-Grove

Tree Distribution

TBD

15
Kitchissippi

Sir John A. MacDonald Pkwy at Island Park Dr

170 Island Park Dr

16
River

Moffatt Farm Veterans Park

591 Kochar Dr

17
Capital

RA Centre

2451 Riverside Dr

18
Alta Vista

Riverside Dr. (Smyth bridge to Billings bridge)

1960 Riverside Dr

19
Cumberland

Aquaview Storm

Water Management Pond

2211 Tenth Line Rd

20
Osgoode

Greely Village Park

7292 Parkway Rd

21
Rideau-Goulbourn

David Bartlet Park

5201 McLean Cres

22
Gloucester-South 
Nepean

Vimy Ridge Memorial Bridge

686/680 River Rd

23
Kanata South
 

Monahan Storm Water Facility 

2 Emerald Meadow Dr

When will the groves be planted?
The groves will be planted in spring and/or fall of 2017.

Contact

Tracey Schwets
Program Manager, Planning and Project Management  Unit
100 Constellation Dr
Ottawa, On
K2G 6J8
613-580-2424 x43202
Tracey.Schwets@ottawa.ca

Commemorative trees

Program

The Commemorative Tree Program was established in 1989. The City assists families or groups who wish to have a tree planted in a City park in remembrance or to commemorate a loved one who has passed away.

Process

  • The family/group chooses a park for the tree. If you do not have a park preference, Forestry Services will assist with the selection of a park.
  • The coordinator of the program will meet with you at the site to choose the location and the type of tree. The selection is made according to preference, site conditions, and availability.
  • The cost of a Commemorative Tree is $400 (plus HST) which includes planting of a 50mm caliper tree and watering for a three year period.
  • The tree will be planted in either the spring or fall.

Plaques

  • Consult with the Forestry Services if you wish to install a plaque next to the tree.
  • The preferred type is a 10 cm thick flat black polished granite marker with an etched inscription. The plaque will be installed flush with the ground to reduce vandalism and allow access of maintenance equipment.
  • Granite plaques may be purchased from a number of monument manufacturers in the Ottawa area. Forestry Services will install the marker at no additional charge.
  • The City is not responsible for the maintenance or replacement of commemorative plaques.

Should you require additional information or would like to purchase a commemorative tree, please contact:3-1-1 for more information.

Parks and streetscape tree planting

Do you know the perfect spot for a tree?

The City of Ottawa is committed to planting trees for the enhancement of our city parks, facilities, and streets. We are taking a proactive approach to the identification of tree planting opportunities on a citywide basis.

The City of Ottawa’s Forestry Services will work with your community group to determine appropriate locations for trees within your community. Project development will include opportunities for input from the public and other city departments, utility clearance checks, appropriate species selection, and an implementation plan for the planting and maintenance of the trees.

Streetscaping

Whether in the urban core area, along suburban streets, or rural roadsides, Forestry Services will work with your community group to enhance city streetscapes through the planting of new trees. Projects may include restoring urban streetscapes, rehabilitation of traffic islands on cul-de-sacs, tree planter rehabilitation, or tree planting in rural villages.

Parks and Facilities tree planting

Forestry Services will partner with your community group to identify new tree planting opportunities within City of Ottawa parks and at city-owned facilities. Projects may include such initiatives as the placement of trees around play structures or benches, the creation of windbreaks, or the planting of trees for shade.

Should you require more information on how your community group may submit tree planting locations to enhance our city streets, parks and facilities, please contact: 3-1-1.

Trees in Trust

Plant a tree by your home

The City’s Trees in Trust program needs your help to find suitable locations for street trees. Street trees are available by request on a first come, first served basis. If your City-owned street frontage lacks a tree and you have the time and commitment to help care for one, please contact us.

  • There will be no charge to the homeowner (supply and planting will be provided by the City).
  • The program applies only to homes with street frontage (the space between your property line and the roadway).
  • The property owner must pledge to assist with the proper tree care (watering) for the first three years of the tree's life. Instructions will be provided.
  • Trees will be a minimum size of 50 mm diameter, or 2 to 3 meters in height.
  • Limit of one tree per single fronting household or two trees per corner lot.
  • The proposed location must meet the Trees in Trust program criteria.

Program criteria:

The following criteria will be used to assess potential planting sites:

  • Is there enough space? (other trees or obstacles must be a minimum of 7m away)
  • Are there overhead or underground utilities?
  • Does the soil quality appear to be acceptable for tree growth?
  • Are there any conflicting uses on the planting site?
  • Has the request been made by the homeowner? (i.e. the person who pays taxes on the property)
  • Is there an obvious conflict with traffic safety requirements or City maintenance (i.e. sightlines or snow removal operations)

Request a tree

Requests will be received on an ongoing basis and placed in the next available planting season (spring or fall). Should you require additional information, please contact 3-1-1.

Trees in trust

Plant a tree by your home

The City’s Trees in Trust program needs your help to find suitable locations for street trees. Street trees are available by request on a first come, first served basis. If your City-owned street frontage lacks a tree and you have the time and commitment to help care for one, please contact us.

  • There will be no charge to the homeowner (supply and planting will be provided by the City).
  • The program applies only to homes with street frontage (the space between your property line and the roadway).
  • The property owner must pledge to assist with the proper tree care (watering) for the first three years of the tree's life. Instructions will be provided.
  • Trees will be a minimum size of 50 mm diameter, or 2 to 3 meters in height.
  • Limit of one tree per single fronting household or two trees per corner lot.
  • The proposed location must meet the Trees in Trust program criteria.

Program criteria:

The following criteria will be used to assess potential planting sites:

  • Is there enough space? (other trees or obstacles must be a minimum of 7m away)
  • Are there overhead or underground utilities?
  • Does the soil quality appear to be acceptable for tree growth?
  • Are there any conflicting uses on the planting site?
  • Has the request been made by the homeowner? (i.e. the person who pays taxes on the property)
  • Is there an obvious conflict with traffic safety requirements or City maintenance (i.e. sightlines or snow removal operations)

Requests will be received on an ongoing basis and placed in the next available planting season (spring or fall).Should you require additional information, or if you would like to participate in the Trees in Trust program,please contact 3-1-1.

 

Green Acres - Ottawa's rural reforestation program

The City of Ottawa's green acres program is looking for empty idle fields to be transformed into thriving green woodlands. The program provides landowners with advice and assistance for setting up a proper planting plan for their property(ies).

Landowners must be rural property owners within City of Ottawa boundaries, have a minimum of 0.4 hectares (1 acre) of suitable land and must agree to cover the subsidized cost of the tree seedlings, site preparation, planting and tending as well as agreeing to reasonably protect the plantation. The program will provide landowners with:

  • Subsided tree seedlings
  • Advice and assistance in setting up a proper planting plan
  • Assistance caring for the trees after they are planted

The funding is provided to a maximum of 50% on a cost shared basis. Applicants must contact the LandOwner Resource Centre to verify that the proposed project is located in the eligible area and meets the funding guidelines.

Watch this information video on the program and its benefits. http://youtu.be/TR6YOqud5Es

For more information contact:
Landowner resource centre
 

www.Irconline.com
info@Irconline.com
613-692-3571
1-800-387-5304

Schoolyard Tree Planting Grant Program

Application deadline

Applications must be received by the City by June 1. Applications that are approved will be planted or funding awarded for spring season the following year. A minimum of one site visit with a City representative is required as part of the grant review process and must be completed between June 1 and December 1 of the application year.

Application form

Typical project timeline
 

June 1
Year X
? December 1
Year X
February 1
Year X+1
March 1
Year X+1
Summer
Year X+1
? May 1
Year X+2
Submit application on or before June 1 Review of application Site visit with City representative required by December 1 Final approval by property owner by February 1 Final approval by City Project completion and receipts submission Care of trees Final report due by May 1 following installation

 (X= Year of application)

Eligible projects

Tree planting projects on school property within the City of Ottawa are eligible to apply for the Schoolyard Tree Planting Grant Program. Applications will be accepted from Student or Parent Councils, environmental/garden clubs, or other groups/ individuals that can demonstrate a commitment to the tree planting project in partnership with the school. In addition to project coordination, applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform tree maintenance activities.

Funding will not be awarded for projects that have already been completed. Groups may receive funding in successive years however; priority will be given to those groups who have not received past funding. Groups receiving funding will not be eligible for funding for tree planting through other City of Ottawa grant programs within the same year. 

Projects are eligible for funding to cover the purchase and installation of trees only. The following project elements are not eligible for funding:

  • Site furnishings (benches, gazebos, play structures, etc.)
  • Ponds 
  • Pathways 
  • Fencing
  • Signage
  • Planters 
  • Site preparation
  • Cedar hedges
  • Shrubs, perennials, grasses or other ground covers
  • Other non-tree related item

Expenditures and reporting

Funding must be spent and projects completed within eighteen months (18) of grant approval. For projects which have received funding dollars, submission of receipts is required within 3 months of expenditures. The City reserves the right to reduce or reject a previously approved funding application if the required documentation is not submitted within three months of project completion. 

A final project report is due by May 1 in the year following project installation and must include the number of trees planted, an evaluation of your tree maintenance program, and photographs of the new plantings. Recipients must acknowledge the City’s support from the Schoolyard Tree Planting Grant program in any news articles or related promotional material related to the project. 

Follow-up inspections by Forestry Services staff may be conducted to verify the plant installation and use of appropriate maintenance techniques and to suggest appropriate measures if problems arise. After the tree is planted, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the trees are watered and maintained to ensure healthy growth and establishment and that the trees will remain in their planted location.

Grant Evaluation Report (PDF)

Funding levels

The maximum grant funding level in any one year is $10,000. Grants may be awarded in funds (up to $500 per tree) or in trees supplied and planted by the City of Ottawa’s Forestry Services. No matching funding is required on the part of the applicant. The number of projects awarded each year is subject to the availability of City funds for this program. A limited number of schoolyard projects each planting season will be awarded with trees. The selection of these projects is at the discretion of Forestry Services.

For all projects, please contact:

Monika Kokoszka
Monika.kokoszka@ottawa.ca
613-580-2424 ext. 24891