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Why we need a Living City

Ecology Ottawa’s Living City program is about making our already great neighbourhoods even better.

It is about working together to address the very real challenges that we are facing today as a society.

We need communities that have strong tree canopies, healthy waterways, and protected green spaces, not only because they are more sustainable and better able to adapt to problems such as climate change, but also because they are cornerstones in fostering healthy citizens and neighbourhoods.

In essence, it will integrate nature into the very fabric of urban planning, defend trees, plants, animals, rivers and green spaces and solve challenges by working with – not against – nature.

The Living City works to inspire Ottawa residents to prioritize trees, protect greenspaces and promote healthy watersheds by focusing on green infrastructure, planting trees, proper stormwater management, and purchasing local parks and natural areas for long-term protection.

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Our second Fall Bioblitz!

Help us protect the places you love! Join us this long weekend, October 8th to 11th, for our second fall bioblitz! It is just as important to continue collecting this much needed data on Ottawa's biodiversity during the Autumn months.

Fall Bioblitz!

We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of National Tree Day and National Forest Week with an online Fall Bioblitz starting on Friday, September 24th! It's time for you to become a Biodiversity Champion and collect much-needed data on Ottawa's nature! 

Hear Ecology Ottawa on CBC Radio's All In A Day

Over the last couple of weeks, Alan Neal from CBC Radio's All In A Day has invited Ecology Ottawa on to discuss what the City of Ottawa can do about climate change.

Living City Program Manager featured on 580 CFRA

Did you miss Ecology Ottawa’s radio feature on 580 CFRA, Monday August 16th? No problem, you can still check it out right here!


Tree Species List 2021 **UPDATED**

Tree Species List 2021 **UPDATED**

Due to unexpected changes in the nursery’s stock please find the updated varieties we will have for the rest of the summer below. 


Lament for Trees: New Civic Hospital

Let's ask city hall to send the new Civic hospital plan back to the drawing board. The recently released hospital plan breaks a promise to put a parking garage underground and will doom 523 trees because of the area to be cleared, not only for the hospital building, but other buildings and other parking lots. With the climate crisis underway, it is particularly irresponsible to remove trees when other alternatives are available.

What: Mass Choir “Lament for the Trees,” speeches and ceremony
When: Sunday, August 15
Time: 2-4 pm
Where: Experimental Farm, field north of Building 60 (Agri-Food Policy Institute) on Birch Drive


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