In spring 2017 and 2019, we coordinated the planting of 70 Butternut trees from RVCA’s Butternut Recovery Program in suitable areas where large numbers of dead ash trees had been removed. Butternuts are dying from a canker disease (fungus) and are classified as an Endangered species under the Ontario Endangered Species Act (ESA 2007). The Butternuts we planted have been grown from nuts harvested from trees that are resistant to the canker. Like most nut trees, Butternuts need full sun to thrive so planting them in open areas created by the removal of dead Ash trees provides good conditions for their survival.
In 2017, 50 Butternut trees were planted across the city in Barrhaven, Kanata, Manotick, and Stittsville.
In 2019, 20 Butternut trees were planted in Kanata Lakes.
Thank you to our planting partners, who are now custodians of the trees, and will care for them and report on their condition over the next few years. Our planting partners were:
- Frederick Banting Alternate Secondary in Stittsville,
- 1st Kanata Scout Group and Beaverbrook Community Association in Kanata,
- École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard in Barrhaven,
- Rideau View Golf Course in Manotick, and
- Kanata Lakes community volunteers.
Rideau View Golf Course planted 6 Butternuts along fairways and paths:
Kanata Lakes volunteers planting trees near the Beaver Pond in 2019.