What is Tree Ottawa?
Tree Ottawa is a community-centred initiative for the Nation’s Capital that will dramatically increase the scale and ecological diversity of the tree canopy in urban and rural Ottawa. Tree Ottawa shall engage Ottawa residents, private companies and public organizations to be a part of a greener community through their active participation in protecting, planting and celebrating trees in neighborhoods and nature.
Why do we need Tree Ottawa?
Trees in the city of Ottawa mitigate the effects of climate change, contribute to water retention, add beauty to our urban landscapes and provide us with food, shade, recreation, and noise barriers. They reduce dust and pollution in the air and replace them with sweet fragrances and oxygen. Urban trees are significant and integral components of our urban ecology, providing homes and food to a multitude of animal species year round. Indeed, caring for existing trees and planting more trees will benefit us all.
What can you do to help?
We are looking for a few people with specific interests and talents;
- Tree Ottawa Local Business Liason – Have you noticed all those city trees along the sidewalks? Don’t they add a lovely touch of nature to our city streets? Unfortunately, those trees have an average lifespan of 7 years. All they need to increase their health is a bucket of water a week! What Tree Ottawa is looking for is an outgoing, environmentally passionate individual that will approach local businesses and ask them if they would Adopt-a-Tree outside their business. This is a relationship building opportunity, and not for the shy. So if you are comfortable talking to people, enjoy being outside and active, and are passionate about trees contact us for more information on how you can get involved!
- Tree Ottawa Data Organizer – Are you detail oriented? Do you like it when your files and documents are ‘just so’? If so, the Tree Ottawa is looking for YOU! Tree Ottawa is a quickly growing Ecology Ottawa Initiative that is gaining more support by the day. As we gain supporters, make new collaborations, and increase our outreach base we have more and more data to organize. We are looking for a detail oriented and dedicated Data Organizer. If this sounds like you, contact us for more information on how you can get involved!
If you are interested in any of these options, or have an idea yourself, please contact:Velta Tomsons Ecology Ottawa – Tree Ottawa Organizer 613-286-5883 [email protected] treeottawa.org