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Update on the Hackberry Tree– Name the Tree

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Update on the Hackberry Tree– Name the Tree

Thanks to Lynne Johnson the Hackberry’s name is Barry- Barry Hackberry ūüôā

 

Jim McCready  R.P.F  emailed me the other day and shared this information about our beloved Grandfather Hackberry tree on McArthur Island. If you remember we are watching this situation closely so no harm comes to it.

Ken Farr the national  Dendrologist with the Canadian Forest Service was asked what he thought of the significance of our Hackberries in Carleton Place. As Jim said, this is why we should be working with the developer to save as many of these large trees as possible as these trees are unique in more than one way.( location & size )

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Carleton Place arborist receives Eleanor Henderson Good Ambassador Award–Carleton Place arborist Jim McCready¬† with Wendy LeBlanc-Jan 16, 2014¬†Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette

Ken wrote:

“Thank you for writing to me regarding the notable hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) population in Carleton Place, and particularly, of the existence of an individual with a diameter at breast height (dbh) of 97 cm.

Reference to the distribution map in the standard Canadian dendrological text¬†Trees in Canada¬†(Farrar, J.L. 1995) indicates that the hackberry population in Carleton Place is part of the most northerly extension of the species anywhere in North America.¬†Trees in Canada¬†describes the species as ‚Äúsparsely distributed in Ontario and Quebec.‚ÄĚ The Carleton Place population is unusual for the number of individuals in one place and is genetically significant given its relatively northerly distribution. I should note as well that¬†Trees in Canada¬†gives the ‚Äúaverage‚ÄĚ dbh for a mature hackberry as 50 cm, making the 97 cm individual you described highly unusual and significant.

I want to thank you for your efforts to raise the profile of this most unusual and significant population of hackberries. The ongoing challenges that Canada‚Äôs forests will face under a changing climate means that it is important for significant elements of forest biodiversity such as the Carleton Place hackberry population to be recognized and preserved, so as to increase options for adaptation and mitigation in future. Thank you once again for writing to let me know about the Carleton Place hackberry population.”

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Did you read what I read?

“The existence of an individual with a diameter at breast height (dbh) of 97 cm”.¬†I should note as well that¬†Trees in Canada¬†gives the ‚Äúaverage‚ÄĚ dbh for a mature hackberry as 50 cm, making the 97 cm individual you described highly unusual and significant.”

So what we have Carleton Place is a very rare tree and Jim McCready and council are going to do their best to protect it.¬† Let’s give Grandpa Hackberry a name. I don’t think I like him just being called “an individual”. He merits more than that.

Resident and historian Linda Seccaspina expressed concern about the large hackberry tree.

However, after hearing McCready speak, she said, ‚ÄúThank you, Jim McCready, I can sleep tonight with you around.‚ÄĚ–Development plans for McArthur Island in Carleton Place cause concern about hackberry tree stand

Come and visit the¬†Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page‚Äď what‚Äôs there? Cool old photos‚Äďand lots of things interesting to read. Also check out¬†The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

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Town Council Speech About the Hackberry Tree‚Äď Update on ‚ÄėThe¬†Tree‚ÄĚ

The McArthur Island Tree‚Äď Should it Stay or Should it¬†Go?

Lizzie Brunton Goes One on One with the Carleton Place Hackberry Tree

Carleton Place Fallout‚Äď When and Where Does it¬†End?

Development plans for McArthur Island in Carleton Place cause concern about hackberry tree stand

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Kate Hurdis—¬†I just wanted to share this link. Anyone interested can special order Hackberry trees through the Carleton Place Nursery. Continue repopulating the Hackberry tree population and support local business.

 

Town Council Speech About the Hackberry Tree– Update on ‘The Tree”

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Town Council Speech About the  Hackberry Tree– Update on ‘The Tree”

 

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Credit to Emily Nicole Stanzel for raising the issue and starting the Petition!!

Last night at the council meeting I was going to read this:

People are very proud of their local history, but don‚Äôt always express how much they value something until it‚Äôs threatened. Because it adds character and distinctiveness to an area, heritage is fundamental in creating a ‚Äėsense of place‚Äô for a community– like this Grandfather Hackberry Tree that rumour on the street is that McArthur Island developers want to remove and replace with a smaller new Hackberry tree for a traffic circle.

I have been assured by a few couple of council members that there is no danger to this tree, and then I have heard from a few very reputable sources that it has to come down for the traffic circle and will be replaced by another Hackberry tree.

I personally cannot not change anything no matter how much I care and I consider myself to be a tree lover, not a tree hugger. As a tree lover, I believe that some trees are assets and some trees are liabilities. This tree is an asset to our town and I would hate to see this 120 plus year-old tree come down and be replaced.

Maybe I am jumping the gun, BUT the most basic requirements of a modern municipality should be a tree cutting bylaw, a registry of heritage trees, and I am hoping that this tree will never even be considered to be on the danger list.

 

However,

After great discussion Councillor Sean Redmond, Jerry Flynn and Doug Black said that the tree was staying, unless it has issues. My heroe, Jim McCready, who is a Registered Professional Forester/ Certified Arborist and does work for Carleton Place had a detailed report of several other Hackberry trees on the island that he also wants to save– so stay tuned.

But thank you everyone.. thank you

Save the tree Sign the Petition

Re:¬†The McArthur Island Tree‚Äď Should it Stay or Should it¬†Go?

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Tuesday night Council December 12th meeting agenda

COMMUNICATION 129008
Received from Joanna Bowes, Manager of Development Services
Addressed to Planning and Protection Committee
Date October 13, 2017
Topic DP3-04-2017, 150 Mill Street, McArthur Island
SUMMARY

CLICK HERE

 

Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď‚Äē¬†Cree Indian Prophecy¬†

The McArthur Island Tree‚Äď Should it Stay or Should it¬†Go?

Lizzie Brunton Goes One on One with the Carleton Place Hackberry Tree

 

Carleton Place Fallout‚Äď When and Where Does it¬†End?

 

Kate Hurdis I just wanted to share this link. Anyone interested can special order Hackberry trees through the Carleton Place Nursery. Continue repopulating the Hackberry tree population and support local business.

 

 

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The Tale of ‚ÄúHackaberry Found‚ÄĚ in Carleton¬†Place

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Dream a Little Dream About the Hemlock Tree

 

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So What Happened to The Findlay House Stone?

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The McCarten House of Carleton¬†Place‚ÄďGinko Tree

 

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Carleton Place’s official tree avoids axe

 

 

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The Faeries of McArthur Island- Dedicated to the Bagg Children

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The McArthur Island Tree– Should it Stay or Should it Go?

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The McArthur Island Tree– Should it Stay or Should it Go?

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I vowed to never write a piece about local government after my heart attacks as I take my town way too personally because I care. So I haven’t–I have shared media reports, and left it at that. If folks want to look badly and not worry about what kind of legacy they are going to leave when they end their town political career so be it. But yesterday after I saw posts from Allan and Emily Stanzel about the possible removal of the 120 year-old Hackberry tree on McArthur Island in Carleton Place I got angry.

In 1952 there was one lone Hackberry tree left in Ottawa near Brewer Park and the George Dunbar bridge. It had a white picket fence around it, and a sign that said¬†‚ÄúDo Not Destroy‚ÄĚ.¬† The late mayor of Ottawa,¬†Charlotte Whitton,¬†whose cousins were from Carleton Place, insisted these trees be protected.

 

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If you didn’t know, Carleton Place’s official tree is the Hackberry Tree, and our park of trees on Mill Street is the largest grouping of Hackberry trees in Eastern Ontario. They are native to the area and are thought to have been brought here by the indigenous peoples for their medicinal qualities. The Hackberry tree was once protected, but it’s okay now, and only the Dwarf Hackberry tree is still protected here in Ontario.

 

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The town plaque indicates how rare these trees are in this part of Ontario, but now there¬† might be plans to cut down one of the biggest and oldest specimens in the area. I would say he is the “Grandfather tree” of the area. Even if the developer replaces it with a young new Hackberry tree, is this good enough? Should we just lay down and give up if¬†they plan to cut this big, beautiful 120+ year-old tree down to make room for a traffic circle/sidewalk?

 

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On  May  17,  2013, Justice  Moore of  the  Ontario  Superior  Court  of  Justice  ruled  that  trees  whose  trunks  grow  across property  lines  are  the  common  property  of  both  owners.  Neither  owner  can  injure  or  destroy  a  shared  tree  in Ontario without  the  consent  of  the  other. A tree on a property line in Ontario is jointly owned by both property owners based on a ruling by Justice J. Patrick Moore on May, 17 2013 in the Ontario Court of Appeal.

The Ontario Superior Court verdict in May 2013, which went unnoticed by most anyone not involved in Hartley v. Scharper,¬† created some of the most stringent and detailed law on tree preservation in Canada. Cutting down a shared tree or chopping at wayward branches without a neighbour’s approval could now be a criminal act, punishable under the provincial Forestry Act.

Someone said the tree is on private property, but if you look closely at the photo those trunk roots go way under the road which I think is owned by the town. Correct me if I am wrong. So, if the town owns the road, we have in essence two owners/neighbours of that particular tree.

 

The tree stays

 

This tree in the photo above is at St. James Gate and was protected by the Carleton Place council in 2013. Just remember that owing to a 6-1 vote by Carleton Place council, a request from Shaiin Charania, owner of St. James Gate Irish Pub & Restaurant, to remove a tree within the boundary of his establishment’s outdoor patio was rejected. РTara Gesner/METROLAND

 

You know in the end none of us are getting out alive, so we need to stop treating this town as an afterthought. Everyone enjoy our restaurants, shop at our local stores, walk in the sunshine on our trails. Always say the truth of what you are carrying in your heart like the hidden treasure it is– as there is absolutely no time for anything else.

The history of Carleton Place is important to its identity. Hopefully, the¬†developers can figure out a way to accommodate both. If we lose sight of that, what have we got? If you don’t like how things are, say something, do something, as the tree can’t. They have no voice–we do.

Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money.‚ÄĚ –‚Äē¬†Cree Indian Prophecy¬†

Credit to Emily Nicole Stanzel for raising the issue and starting the Petition!!

Save the tree Sign the Petition

 

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Tuesday night Council December 4th meeting agenda

COMMUNICATION 129008
Received from Joanna Bowes, Manager of Development Services
Addressed to Planning and Protection Committee
Date October 13, 2017
Topic DP3-04-2017, 150 Mill Street, McArthur Island
SUMMARY

CLICK HERE

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Jennifer Fenwick Irwin¬†—From my understanding, the developer is working on ways to avoiding this with the urban forest Committee -the Planning Department has no legislation that would prevent its removal. It is not a species at risk. However it must be replaced with another Hackberry Tree.

 

Ronald Y–This magnificent tree should be cherished and protected. Development should preserve, not destroy, our distinctive, established, fragile natural heritage – not destroy it and lose what makes our community special. Development should respect and work around this precious tree and others like it, not eliminate it for the sake of conformity, convenience, and a quick buck.

Allan Stanzel–¬†Great article Linda hopefully they will re design around the tree. A good spin could be put on this for marketing the McArthur re design. Also not sure of the exact property lines with regards to the high water mark of the river. I understand that X number of feet from a river or lake is not owned. Again not sure of distance.

 

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Doug B. McCarten–This grouping of 5 Hackberry trees still survive in our old side yard….I can‚Äôt believe how healthy and how tall they have grown! This group was always in our yard and I suspect that they would be at least as old as our house which is in the same age group as the one you are trying to save!! The simple answer is to route the road around the tree and protect the tree!! It can and should be done!¬†The McCarten House of Carleton¬†Place–Ginko Tree

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The Tale of ‚ÄúHackaberry Found‚ÄĚ in Carleton¬†Place

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Dream a Little Dream About the Hemlock Tree

 

stones.jpg

So What Happened to The Findlay House Stone?

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The McCarten House of Carleton¬†Place–Ginko Tree

 

The tree stays

Carleton Place’s official tree avoids axe

 

 

sumatra-deforestation-120124.jpg

So Can I Pillage the Land Freely in my town?

 

 

collagebobo.jpg

Oingo Boingo! Bobolink Birds Bothered- Concerns-Carleton Place Citizens #2

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When Were Some of the Trees Planted in Riverside Park?

 

22861637_280969865727445_7816585754526758975_o.jpg

Lost Lanark Legacy Fruit Trees‚Äď Need¬†Help!

 

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The Faeries of McArthur Island- Dedicated to the Bagg Children

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Whatever Happened to the Lanark County Greening Apple?

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Are we in Neverland? Concerns from Carleton Place Citizens #1

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The Tale of “Hackaberry Found” in Carleton Place

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Huckleberry Hound was¬†called the man of a thousand faces, even though he was only able to make only one face. In Carleton Place there is a group of lone face trees that are extremely rare in Ontario. I have called them a multitude of names from Tackberry to what a lot of people call them “Hackaberry”. So to remember the Hackberry trees, I think of Huckleberry Hound.

I was always told that Hackberry trees were¬†noxious weeds. Our park of trees is the largest grouping of Hackberry trees in eastern Ontario. They are native to the area and are thought to have been brought here by the indigenous peoples for their medicinal qualities.¬†In 1952 there was one lone tree left in Ottawa near Brewer Park and the George Dunbar bridge. It had a white picket fence around it, and a sign “Do Not Destroy”.¬†Charlotte Whitton, who is rumoured to be from Carleton Place, insisted these trees be protected. As Huck would say, “You know, that’s a mighty fine looking tree-we should keep them around for a spell”

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Hackberry trees have smooth, gray bark that often has corky warts or ridges. The tree may reach 39 meters in height. The tree bears small, round berries that can be eaten when they are ripe and fall from the tree. The wood of the Hackberry is yellowish, and as my Father told me “not good for much”. With the name Hackberry, it’s not really¬†a name that screams ‚Äúeat me” either!

Not since the sighting of Dinky Dalton has there been a tree like the Hackberry. It provides exceptional medicinal needs. The berries have been used to treat abnormal menstrual flow, colic, peptic ulcers, diarrhea and dysentery as well as being used as a pain killer.  A decoction made from the bark was used by certain Native American tribes to treat sore throats and venereal diseases.  Even modern scientists have begun to recognize the tree’s antioxidant and cytotoxic properties.

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My parents would grumble and mutter about the trees taking over, spreading through the backyard, and dropping its litter of berries underfoot.  I must admit, as a child, I could never quite muster the same dislike my parents felt.  Perhaps it was my growing fondness for trees in general, or perhaps it was an innate urge to root for the underdog that compelled me to like this tree.

Next time you pass this grove of trees on Mill Street in Carleton Place take notice because:

“Oh my Darling, Oh my Darling,
Oh my Darling Clementine.
Thank goodness you are NOT lost and gone forever,

AND you’re not a ¬†regular Pine”.

Buy Linda Secaspina‚Äôs Books‚ÄĒ Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac‚ÄstTilting¬†the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton¬†Place and 4 others on¬†Amazon or Amazon Canada¬†or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place