Relocate, don't germinate: How Ottawa saves trees in the path of the LRT

By Kieran Delamont, Ottawa Citizen, August 17, 2018

Most city infrastructure projects are, at first, destruction events: to build anything, you often have to  remove what’s already there. Sometimes this is controversial, as when people are involved; other times, it is as simple as pushing dirt around.

So as plans for Phase 2 of the city’s major light rail project begin to take shape, a seemingly simple question arose: What do you do with the trees that are in the way of the planned route?

A host of politicians — Mayor Jim Watson, Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari, Ottawa West—Nepean MP Anita Vandenbeld — descended upon Woodroffe Park on Friday to announce that, with the help of a $25,000 grant from Tree Canada, the city was able to transplant 50 trees from Byron Linear Park, in Westboro, and replant them at a handful of parks in the city’s west end, including Woodroffe.

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