Friday, February 11, 2011

Conservation Authority investigating whether water controls are responsible for tree mortality - Nepean, Ontario, CA

YourOttawaRegion Article: Conservation Authority investigating rise in river levels:
“There are trees that are in great distress,” O’Malley said. “It’s now dead (the trees). It’s not dying. It’s gone. All we can have is a funeral.”

O’Malley is a pilot and he has flown over the area in his float plane many times, and he has noticed the deterioration of the forest canopy between 2006 and last summer. Back in 2006, “we had very, very healthy trees, right down to the shore.”

In the past four years, though, he has seen a change.

“There is no tree canopy any more…It looks like a forest fire,” said O’Malley. “This isn’t a minor event.”

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