Otto’s BMW on Hunt Club to Pave Over a Pine Forest
In the midst of a climate emergency and devastating urban tree canopy loss in Ottawa, the City of Ottawa has approved the plan for Otto’s BMW dealership on Hunt Club to pave over 1.57 hectares of pine forest to make way for an extended parking lot.
Ecology Ottawa is part of the Urban Climate Alliance, a network of four Ontario-based municipal environmental organizations working to take climate action at the city level. Other members include Environment Hamilton, the Citizens Environment Alliance and Toronto Environmental Alliance.
We know that cities are critical to climate action. Drawing from our collective experience, the Urban Climate Alliance prepared this handbook to help other cities tackle climate accountability.
Ecology Ottawa has been selected as NU Grocery's July 2021 recipient of "1% for a cause," an initiative to direct funds toward community groups in our city. To commemorate this partnership, this blog looks at the connection between waste and climate.
Over two Saturdays in March 2021, Ecology Ottawa hosted a workshop for residents of the Alta Vista community and other interested parties, led by Walkable Ottawa's founder Rosaline Hill and volunteer Carolyn Mackenzie.
The purpose of the workshop was to foster discussion around a range of issues related to creating a more walkable neighbourhood, and to generate ideas for further exploration and evaluation.
We have some exciting news! We are launching our first Bioblitz of the summer from June 18th-20th.
Ecology Ottawa’s Summer Bioblitz is a 3 day event that challenges you to get outside and document your nearby nature. We will be collectively trying to document as many observations as we can from birds, butterflies to plants, you name it! So, whether it be on a local hike or in your own backyard, get ready to get outside and document all kinds of living things you see!
Wednesday 2nd June is Clean Air Day. What better way to celebrate than with the launch of Ecology Ottawa’s Breathe Easy campaign 2021! Volunteers will use a simple mobile air monitoring device while walking, rolling, riding, or running near where the city’s most vulnerable residents gather. We love working with Ottawa’s most dedicated volunteers and can’t wait to meet this year’s Breathe Easy team.
Are you passionate about restoring Ottawa’s urban tree canopy? Or are you looking to get meaningful and rewarding volunteer hours for school?
We are looking for passionate volunteers for boothing at our tree giveaways, and drivers to transport our baby trees safely to our community partners’ tree giveaway locations! Are you interested in getting volunteer hours, or simply helping out in your community? This may be the opportunity for you!
Our species list has finally arrived. We are really excited to be providing you with a large variety of species this year!
At our tree giveaways, we distribute saplings of many species native or naturalized to the Ottawa region. Growing information for each species is provided in the table below.
Each giveaway will have between 2-4 tree species available.
We always do our best to ensure we are bringing as much of a variety as possible, however, we are NOT always able to bring trees of each category (i.e. conifers, hardwoods, and fruit & nut bearing).
We are not able to guarantee which trees will be available at any particular giveaway.
Typically, hardwoods and fruit & nut bearing trees/shrubs are available later in the season (i.e. August & September)
Notre liste d'espèces d’arbres est enfin arrivée. Nous sommes très heureux de vous offrir de l'information sur une grande variété d'espèces cette année !
Lors de nos remises d'arbres, nous distribuons des jeunes arbres de nombreuses espèces indigènes de la région d'Ottawa. Les renseignements sur le maintien de chaque espèce sont fournis dans le tableau ci-dessous.
Have you seen the latest native plant restock on the Pollinator Garden Fundraiser website? We've got new species available, including false sunflowers, little bluestem grass, and great blue lobelias! Get some today while they're still in stock!
Your generous purchase will support biodiversity in our community and help to ensure the city commits to protecting the environment.
The Official Plan is Ottawa’s major land use and policy document, and will shape our city for at least the next 25 years. Something this big demands major public engagement, and Ottawans have stepped up in a big way. We’ve seen 500-person rallies to stop sprawl, packed Saturday morning Zoom workshops on neighbourhood design, and overwhelming public input into arcane city processes. We’ve seen community outrage at last-minute land use decisions like the Tewin development, and missives from senior city officials pointing to “unprecedented engagement” from the public.