September 15, 2018 8:15 am - 11:30 am
AN INTRODUCTION TO TREES AND TREE ECOLOGY OF THE OTTAWA AREA
Meet: 8:15 a.m. Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre, at the northeast corner of the parking lot, near Pizza Pizza (Richmond and Assaly Roads)
9:00 AM at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre parking lot on Scott, off Old Chelsea Road, Gatineau Park
Leader: Justin Peter
Description: The Ottawa area has over 50 native tree species, each of which has adaptations that allow it to exploit certain conditions successfully. We will walk the Sugarbush Trail, identifying various trees along the way while looking at how their presence as species and their individual forms can inform us about local environmental conditions, both present and historic. Besides the abundant Sugar Maple and other common species, we expect to see some locally sporadic to uncommon trees, including Butternut, Rock Elm, Slippery Elm and Bitternut Hickory. We will draw heavily on tree lore and on our own field observations. This excursion should appeal to those who are interested in how various trees fit into our local forested environments as well as those who would like a better grasp of tree identification. If time, energy and interest allows, we may “branch out” and explore surrounding areas. A drink and a snack for the return to the car are recommended. Sturdy footwear for walking is recommended as well. This excursion will be cancelled in the event of stormy weather or heavy, sustained winds/rain.
Difficulty: the Sugarbush Trail is universally accessible and is rated as easy by the NCC. We may also utilize a short side-trail that is considered moderate in difficulty.