A logging operation in Overbrook?!

It sounds and smells like a logging operation. It even looks like a logging operation as the huge trucks laden with mature ash trees rumble through our community.

We knew that the ash borer had been busy devastating the tree canopy in our area, especially in the NCC parkland bordering the Rideau River, but the reality of their removal still comes as a shock.

Two questions are begging to be answered:

1. Why were the residents of Overbrook not given prior warning that this operation would take place?

2. Since we have known for many years now that our tree canopy in Overbrook was compromised by the ash borer, why has a reforestation plan not been developed?

The Overbrook Community Association will be following up on these issues.

Your ideas, comments and photos are welcome.

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4 thoughts on “A logging operation in Overbrook?!

  1. Gail Taylor February 26, 2014 / 12:16 pm

    I walk the eastern pathway several times a week along the Rideau River and I’ve been dismayed by the carnage of ash trees — dozens and dozens lopped off from the 417 to Montreal Road, and I suppose they’ll do the rest of the path up to Sussex Drive as well. I’m just 1.5 years new to Ottawa but can’t believe they wouldn’t advise affected communities and ask for input from community associations to tell people why the ash borer can only be dealt with in such a way (is this true?), and to develop a carefully thought-out reforestation plan. I’m very glad to see this post and look forward to hearing more.

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  2. Randy February 26, 2014 / 1:20 pm

    The real question is why did the city do nothing to save the trees to begin with. Treeazine injections at a cost of $200 per tree each year would have saved the trees. Instead they’ll pay the $1500 to $2500 per tree or more to remove them when thery are dead. Those old growth trees can never be replaced and any new reforestation project will take 2 generations to even begin to generate the canopy that once existed.

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  3. Sue carson February 26, 2014 / 5:07 pm

    I am glad to see this posted on the website. People who do not go along North River Rd may be unaware and it is a shock to witness. We knew about the emerald ash borer but we did not know “when” this would happen. I would like to know what happened to all the wood and if the “borers” are left in the park in the chipped slash pile. Could that wood be used locally?

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  4. Mike McMullen February 27, 2014 / 2:40 pm

    I live adjacent to the park and I’m glad the trees were finally taken down. They were in an advance state of decay and were a safety hazard. The NCC has already planted many trees in advance of the removal. I don’t know how much advance warning is required but signs were posted at least one week in advance.

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