A number of dead or dying trees on Confederation Boulevard and from some of its core parks will be removed, as a public safety measure, beginning Monday, August 24, 2020.
On Wellington Street, Elgin Street, Mackenzie Avenue and Sussex Drive (in Ottawa) and Laurier Street (in Gatineau), there are 30 trees that pose a safety hazard for pedestrians and motorists. Most of the trees are between 15 and 40 years of age, and consist of the following:
- elms that have succumbed to Dutch elm disease despite years of treatment to extend their life or ensure their survival
- maple, oak, linden, hackberry, apple and cedar trees that have succumbed to environmental and urban stresses.
Maintenance crews will begin removing affected trees starting on Monday morning. Work will take place outside of peak hours, and may involve some lane closures. This work will be carried out over three weeks. The NCC urges pedestrians and motorists to exercise caution, respect the barricades, and obey the signs and flag persons present during the tree removal.
The trees will be replaced at an appropriate time with species that are compatible with the surroundings and are in keeping with the character of the location and the vocation of Confederation Boulevard.
Dutch elm disease, a fungus that spreads through the roots and causes the tree to slowly
decay, has been ravaging the elm population in North America since the 1930s. Since the
1970s, it has decimated the elm tree population in Canada’s Capital Region.
Environmental and urban stresses that have affected some of the trees are caused by pollution, exposure to road salt, and damage caused by vehicle parking and accidents.
For more information about this tree removal, please contact the NCC at 613-239-5000, 613-239-5090 (TTY), 1-800-465-1867 (toll-free) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY).