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Weekend ‘derecho’ changes Ottawa landscape with loss of multitude of trees

Local arborist shocked by hardwood losses


May 24, 2022
By Turf & Rec

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Ottawa’s urban forest has been transformed in the wake of the past weekend’s “derecho” – a high-wind event that uprooted, toppled or destroyed a multitude of trees. A local arborist says he was shocked that the storm that swept across southern Ontario and into Quebec managed to take out such deep-rooted hardwood trees as maples, oaks and poplars. Ottawa’s landscape will never be the same, he said.

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