Ottawa airport authority to clear cut forest despite opposition

By Nicole Williams, CBC News Ottawa, November 21, 2023

The Ottawa International Airport Authority will move ahead with clear cutting a forest on Hunt Club Road, despite thousands of people signing a petition opposing the plan. In a letter addressed to Ottawa residents and the Hunt Club community on Monday, the airport authority called the decision "difficult" but necessary given "this neglected plantation's dangerous state."

..."To claim that there's a threat to us and the general threat to the public safety is absolute nonsense," said Michael Vorobej, who lives nearby and is a member of Save Hunt Club Forest, a group that formed two years ago to fight development on the land.

"As a community, we have used this forest and enjoyed it for walking our dogs, jogging, riding our bikes, watching the birds or just getting some fresh air," he said.

...The members of Save Hunt Club Forest said they've also been tracking the biodiversity in the area and that there are hundreds of different species that currently call the forest home.

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