Consultant cited by airport authority says he never recommended cutting entire forest

By Nicole Williams, CBC News Ottawa

The author of one of several reports cited by the Ottawa International Airport Authority as justification to cut down an entire forest on Hunt Club Road says he's never made any such recommendation.

On Monday, the authority announced it would be clearing the entirety of the red pine forest at 400 Hunt Club Rd., which covers approximately four hectares of land, as soon as possible.

Forester Fraser Smith said that's not true. His consultancy firm was hired by the city  this year to conduct an assessment of the forest and submit a report.

It included six recommendations on how to move forward with the red pines — ranging from "do nothing" to significantly thinning out the woodland but still leaving roughly 120 trees. None of the recommendations included clearing the land entirely.

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