Dead and dying trees to be felled on Confederation Boulevard and in urban parks, NCC says

By Megan Gillis, Ottawa Citizen, August 22, 2020

National Capital Commission crews will start chopping down 30 dead and dying trees along Confederation Boulevard and in some of its urban parks on Monday.

The NCC said the trees on Wellington Street, Elgin Street, Mackenzie Avenue and Sussex Drive in Ottawa and Laurier Street in Gatineau posed “a safety hazard for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.”

The elms have succumbed to Dutch elm disease despite years of treatments aimed at saving them or at least extending their lives. Some maple, oak, linden, hackberry, apple and cedar trees have also succumbed to “environmental and urban stresses” such as pollution, road salt and damage by parking vehicles and other accidents.

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