sTREEts

Getting Street Trees where they are needed the most.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Crown Point: Trees, Please!

Come out to our Volunteer Orientation for Crown Point: Trees, Please! and learn about how you can become a Tree Ambassador, get free trees for yourself and see more trees in your neighbourhood!


Monday, November 3, 2014

Exciting Fall Happenings

The Street Tree Project has been officially done for the summer since July, but make no mistake, our efforts to put trees on the streets of Hamilton are still going strong. About a month ago, on October 4, one of our summer volunteers, Anna (who was also a part of the Cable 14 feature of us!) took a group of students canvassing door-to-door again in Crown Point.
 
Over the course of the summer, OPIRG's StreetTree Project had spoken to organizers of the McMaster Student Success Center's annual MacServe Day of Learning. The Day of Learning allows McMaster students to sign up to spend a day working with a group on a service project. MacServe offers a variety of placements, all including some introduction to the area or program with which students will be working, and following up with a debrief afterwards. As one of the options that students could sign up for this year, the StreetTree Project drew some more attention from students, spread the word about free trees in Crown Point, and signed up three more residents for a Street Tree!

Narula's RestaurantOutside of  the McMaster community, the StreetTree Project is also being taken up by residents of the Crown Point neighbourhood. Some residents expressed an interest in expanding the program in their community, so we met with Anne, who lives in the Crown Point neighbourhood, Rosy, who owns Narula's (a really delicious Indian restaurant in Crown Point which you should definitely check out!), and Giuliana, from the Hamilton Naturalist's Club to discuss how we could make that happen. 
Rosy generously offered up her restaurant for the meeting, and exciting things have been planned for the future! We decided that we will hold a volunteer orientation at the end of November. The Naturalist's Club has a goal to increase green space in Crown Point, the OPIRG StreetTree project is aiming to help people find out about free StreetTrees that can be requested from the City, and the people who live and work in the community want to see their neighbourhood beautiful and healthy! Working towards a common goal, we're planning to host a volunteer orientation session towards the end of November for anyone interested in promoting trees in their neighbourhood! Keep posted for more information and to stay involved with the tree excitement in Crown Point! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tree-FMU

Street Tree project coordinator Krista made an appearance on McMaster's radio station CFMU 93.3 fm' This Is #HamOnt show to talk about the success of this summer project.

Listen to the entire show, or zoom in at 18:40 to get right to Krista's interview. (removed from soundcloud)

Thanks to the volunteer host Jonathan for inviting us on the air! Campus radio is a fantastic place to share new ideas (and of course music!)

http://thisishamont.ca/hamont-urban-forest-conservation-foundation-street-trees-project/

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

StreetTree Requests Mapped

Keeping track of tree requests has been exciting! It's been wonderful seeing the list get longer and longer as we've added requests to the spreadsheet, but what was even more awesome was looking at these requests placed on a map! Most of the requests that we gathered from canvassing these past months have now been put into an interactive Google map, you can look at where trees have been requested and also what people have put down as their top three choices. Look to see what kind of trees will be growing in the Crown Point neighbourhood soon :)
https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zJ4x1TvpLeAw.kySRCzi-l_8c

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Table at Kenilworth Library and Revisiting Keith

The StreetTree Project has been pretty busy this past week as it's drawing to a close for the summer. I'll try to put up a few posts for the things that have been happening, starting with our day of tabling at the Kenilworth Library and our visit to the Keith neighbourhood.

Last week the lovely librarians from Kenilworth Library agreed to lend us a table from which we could advertise the StreetTree Program. We met there with our volunteers last week Monday at 10am, and there were people lined up to get into the library well before the doors actually opened. We chose a good time, because for the few hours we were there people were constantly coming in to drop off books, take out movies, use the computers, or just sit down and read. We spoke to over 30 people and gathered a few extra requests!
Volunteers
Stacey and Marlon ordering trees for their corner lot
After our tabling was done, OPIRG StreetTree Staff biked out to the Keith Neighbourhood to check out what some of the newly planted trees looked like, and to see if there were any neighbours we could speak to. Here are photos of some of the new trees we saw:


We found that some trees fill out much faster than others (maybe with some careful watering and protection):
       
and some people were in the middle of landscaping around their new tree:


Overall though, all the trees were beautiful and there were plenty of new ones around the Keith area! I'm excited to see what they'll look like in a few years!

See here for a photo-story of our day: https://plus.google.com/106369207372453010519/stories?authkey=CKe84cet1JCKfw

Friday, June 27, 2014

Loving the Local Media


Each neighbourhood has it's own character (and characters) and a uniqueness that makes it special. And fortunately Crown Point (like the Keith Neighbourhood last year) has it's own local paper. The Point was kind enough to grant the Street Tree Project space to publicize our work in the area, and there it is, in black and white! Thanks everyone who helps OPIRG McMaster make a positive contribution!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Kids and Trees: A Growing Friendship

Kids like trees. There are some adults who like trees just as much, and some adults who point out that sometimes kids are a bit rough and end up hurting baby trees, but nevertheless kids really love trees! I can attribute at least a few of the requests we've gathered, not to mention some really good "maybe"s, to some of the neighbourhood's youngest residents.  It might be partially due to the fact that parents and other adults try to weigh the long-term pros and cons of having a tree; whereas most people under the age of ten just seem to think how fun or pretty a tree in the yard would be.

It's been about a decade since I was ten years old, but I feel like sometimes my thinking isn't all that different; so I can only imagine if someone came to my door offering a tree I'd immediately picture myself hanging off branches, or swinging from a tire tied from a rope to sturdy limbs covered in pretty leaves that rustle when it's windy and give my play-space some nice shade in the middle of the summer....Needless to say, I think the ultimate decision of whether we get a tree in our front lawn would probably not be left up to me!

But sometimes, you need that enthusiasm! There are lots of wonderful things that come from trees. Besides a jungle-gym in your front lawn, trees provide oxygen, they reduce the cost of cooling your house, and increase your property values. Many adults immediately think of potential root problems (which realistically would take decades to arise and even then only if the tree happens to be planted too close to your house or your pipes). With a ten-year-old pressuring them to request a tree, and even offering to take responsibility and water the sapling when it's first planted, I think a lot of the parents start to try a bit harder to look for some of the perks a tree in the yard might bring, or at least a good enough reason to be able to justify saying no. And when you think about it, there ARE lots of perks to having a tree! So lots of parents DO decide to request a tree!

One young gentleman in particular who I came across last week was really committed to getting a tree in his front lawn. We first met when I was about to go up the front steps of what turned out to be his friend's house while canvassing. He was about to go up the same steps, and we both stopped in front of the house to uncomfortably look at each other until one of us decided to knock first. He might have been about seven years old, was wearing a black polo shirt tucked into his black shorts, with a white dust that looked like it must have come off a powdered donut around his mouth and all over the front of his outfit. He had pretty fair features, and big eyes that looked like they took up the majority of his face when he looked up at me through his big glasses, until I finally said "You first."
"Ok", he told me, "Are you here to talk to my friend?". As he knocked and waited for a reply I explained that I was hoping to talk to his friend's parents, and told him a bit about the Street Tree Project.
"You should come to my house and give my mom a tree!" he said enthusiastically.
I told him I was trying to get houses in order, and might have been by his place already since it was on a street I didn't have notes with me for on that day.

When his friend didn't get the door, he moved out of the way of the front steps and turned to tell me it was my turn. So I knocked too, and I guess whoever lived there wasn't avoiding my new friend directly because they didn't come to the door for me either. We decided they were probably out, and after introducing ourselves properly and shaking hands, my young friend decided to walk me in the direction of his home so that I could speak to his mother. He told me they'd just sold their house (another indication that there was maybe no point in trying to convince his mom to request a tree, since they weren't going to live there much longer) and that they were going to move to Hamilton's west end. I informed him that I also live in the west end, and I think that was the moment our new friendship was solidified. I don't think I've ever met anyone who's reacted so happily to hearing I'll be living in the same half of the city as them!
When we got to about two houses away from his, he pointed to where he lived, said bye quickly, and ran off. I remember doing the same when I was younger if I was ever outside around dinner time and knew that the moment my mom saw me would signal an end to playtime for the day.

I walked up his front steps and knocked on his house door, a little hesitant because I already knew what the answer would be, and also because I was fairly certain I had already spoken with his mom and received a "No, thank you" some days before. But I'd promised him that I'd ask, so I did.
His mom got the door, and I reintroduced myself and told her that her son had sent me. She laughed and explained that they wouldn't be able to ask for a tree because they'd just sold the house, but thanked me for stopping by.

The rest of the day carried on well, but fairly uneventfully. Meeting my new little friend was a wonderful experience and probably the highlight of my canvassing thus far! It reminded me again that trees and kids really do go well together, and left me hoping to bump into him again, maybe next time in the west end of the city.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Poem About Air Pollution, From Nose

Written by Anna Kulesza

Walking in the area surrounding Dofasco and US Steel. Coming from Main Street it smelt very surreal.
Usually it is love, that’s in the air. But the scent of pizza was surely not there.
 Most days walking North it smells very normal. But as soon as I passed Barton Street it smelt very awful.
 It was a wave of foul burning smells. I thought, “What’s going to happen to my organelles”
This time, I did not want to “follow my nose.” Because at this rate, there were no pros.
Having no real ability in order see. I asked eyes what that smell could be.
They concluded that it might be coming from the smoke stacks. I thought “What they are doing behind our backs.”
I can smell it, I can see it, but I don’t really know. What the chemical compounds do to Earths natural glow.
Not only the glow, but also me. What will Hamilton’s future health be?
We have green space but we need some more. So plant a tree that you will adore.
It will clean our air. Get the smoke out from our hair.
And the lovely tree will smell great for me.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Trees Save Energy

Trees save you money and reduce waste by reducing heating and cooling costs (amongst many other things)! If you're interested in learning more about the savings trees provide, and using a Tree Benefits estimator to see how trees can benefit your own home, go to: http://ehsavesenergy.wordpress.com/category/ceps/energy-saving-trees/

When It Got To Be Less About The Trees And More About The People

In my last post I was talking about how wonderful it is that the StreetTree project is bringing so many communities together. Well I'm going to continue talking about that a little more in this post because I'm incredibly excited about yet another community-bridging event as we're tagging along with the fundraiser breakfast for the Perkin's Center to give away trees this coming Saturday! The Perkins Center will be having a breakfast fundraiser June 14 starting at 9am at the Perkins Center (beside the McMaster ARCH) on Main and Kenilworth. The StreetTree project will be joining them with a table set up to collect tree requests in exchange for cute-as-a-button buttons! Come get a tree, volunteer with us, or even stop by for breakfast and a "hello"!(look here for more info:http://raisethehammer.org/wots/2268/pancakes_at_perkins)

Volunteers (l to r) Meghan, Josh and Elizabeth
We're excited for an event where we might get to reach a larger portion of the Crown Point community, but we're also really happy with how the door-to-door canvassing is going! We've had even more volunteers out last week and have volunteers lined up for this week. We have gotten to know quite a few people in the McAnulty Ave. neighbourhood, and I'm so grateful for it! I feel as though every resident who comes to the door and spends their precious time speaking to us about trees, air pollution, their community, their gardens, the things that bother them, and what it is they love about their homes, just makes my day a thousand times over! When canvassing, one of the wonderful people we got to meet was Maria, a McAnulty local who's 90 years old (but doesn't look a day over 65!) and has lived there many many years. Maria owns a beautiful corner house with a lovely garden and plenty of gorgeous trees surrounding it. She told us about how she moved to Hamilton many years ago from Switzerland. She told us about how much she loves Canada and Hamilton and the place where she lives. She told us how her and her husband planted every one of those trees in their yard when they first built the house. We had some really lovely chats, and Maria even extended an invitation for coffee next time we go by.

Josh knocking on doors
Volunteer Anna (keep an eye out for a hilarious blog post from her soon!)
Many others are similarly welcoming. For example, Edna and Ron, who live on McAnulty, we met just by chance. Their lawn is paved, so at first we were going to just walk by, but since the two of them were sitting on their front porch we decided to let them know what we were up to in the neighbourhood. It's a great thing we did because not only are they a pleasure to bump into whenever we're around, but they also referred us to their next door neighbour, as well as their son a few doors down, both of whom requested trees! Edna and Ron also requested a tree for the boulevard in front of their street.
It really is a wonderful neighbourhood, and I thoroughly enjoy the time I spend there. One of our survey questions (we bring around a survey with our tree request forms) asks about neighbourhood issues, specifically if residents think that a lack of green space or air pollution are problems, and what other problems might exist. When I asked one resident that question she replied by telling me that she really loves that neighbourhood; she was saying, "A lot of people think there's nothing but industry North of Center Mall, it's like they forget we're here, this neighbourhood is a nice haven".

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Communities Coming Together

Last Friday we had our first group-canvassing day with volunteers for the StreetTree project. We had people come out from McMaster, Crown Point, Environment Hamilton and the general Hamilton population, including one of the cutest kids that one of our volunteers brought along!

Our evening started at 5pm at the McMaster Action Research Center Hamilton (ARCH) on Main and Kenilworth. Nervous, excited and eager to make a good impression on anyone who would be coming canvassing with us, I made sure to get there early and try to "set up" whatever I could. The ARCH is a great space! There are whiteboards and markers and flipcharts, and different kinds of tables and chairs, a washroom, and even a microwave. It was the ideal place to get things going for our group! Of course though, there wasn't really too much to set up when the purpose of the get-together was to head straight out and go door-to-door.
The whole ARCH space is bigger than I could take a picture of!
Desperate for something to do while I waited, and eager to use the whiteboards, I thought, "Well, at least I'll draw a map of the McAnulty neighbourhood". I put some spreadsheets and surveys in the clipboards, and as I was trying to put down some notes on the whiteboard, our first two volunteers, Elizabeth and Eulene, arrived! I'd met Elizabeth at the Crown Point community meeting the week before, and was happy to meet Eulene, a McMaster student, just that day. Not long after, Jay arrived with Joy from Environment Hamilton, and Momena, who works for the Hamilton Police.
Meeting at the ARCH

When we'd all gathered and briefly introduced ourselves, we went through a brief orientation, explaining the Street Tree project, the papers we would be bringing around, and what we were to say at the doors. Then, armed with clipboards, the volunteers set out in pairs to collect Street Tree requests. They did a fantastic job! We finalized requests from homes that had previously demonstrated interest and even managed to round up some new ones. By about 7:30, we'd been down quite a few streets, and everyone had gotten a chance to get to know some of the residents of the McAnulty Ave. area a little bit more.
L to R: Momena, Joy and Elizabeth
Saturday morning was our second day out in a group. I took the bus out to McAnulty along with Souzan, one of McMaster's Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter co-presidents for next school year. We met at the corner of McAnulty and Kenilworth, with Elizabeth and Rebecca (the Community Developer for Crown Point) and again did some quick intros and set off canvassing. We were joined soon after we started by Barb, from McAnulty Ave. and had a very successful day out.

Overall, I think things went fantastic. The weather held up quite nicely, and the residents of the McAnulty Blvd. area were welcoming  and wonderful. Barb's next door neighbour even gave me some plant trimmings from his garden to try to grow at my house. What made me happiest, wasn't even the Street Tree requests we were racking up, but the fact that the project was able to act as a bridge between people from so many different communities in Hamilton. Already, Elizabeth invited us to help with the Pipeline Trail project, and Souzan was brainstorming community involvement events with McMaster students from EWB and the communities we're working in. We'll be going canvassing again this week, starting tomorrow, with more volunteers. Some that we met last week and some brand new ones, and I'm incredibly excited to see everyone and also watch some new partnerships and friendships form. 

As always, if you're interested in joining us, don't hesitate to email me at krujak@mcmaster.ca for more infomration about how you can get involved.



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New Friends

It's been a busy couple of weeks working on the Street Tree project, but also incredibly exciting/informative/thought-provoking/what have you! We've been meeting community members and trying to gather support from people involved at all levels of the project. From the City of Hamilton's forestry department, to McAnulty's caring neighbours, we're trying to get to know everyone!

From large scale Hamilton to small scale McAnulty, here are some of the community leaders we met:

Last week we met with Bill Longley from the Forestry Department, we found out that 65 trees have been planted so far in the Keith neighbourhood from last year. Mr. Longley even came on a neighbourhood walk-around with us in the McAnulty area to go over planting spaces for when we do our canvassing.
Jay and Bill
Councillor Sam Merulla from Ward 4, was also very welcoming and supportive of our project. Councillor Merulla was quite willing to help with advertising and providing information about the neighbourhoods. He offered to include the project in his newsletter and even invited us to his Ward meeting this Thursday (stay posted to hear about that)!

Rebecca Doll is the Community Developer for Crown Point's Neighbourhood Action Strategy. We met with her at a lovely coffee shop on Cannon and Ottawa called Cannon Coffee. She told us a bit about the Crown Point community and invited us to their Community Meeting this past Monday. At the meeting we got a chance to meet some people working and living in Crown Point and inform everyone about our project. Cindy, the owner of Cannon Coffee, offered to advertise the project in her shop (go treat yourself at Cannon Coffee and see!).  We also found out about some exciting things happening in the community, like Belview Park opening, and the Pipeline Trail Project. Neighbours interested in helping green Hamilton's streets also got in touch with us and will be coming canvassing on Friday (it's not too late if you're interested in volunteering too!)! Overall, the Meeting was a great experience and already it's clear that it got the word out to more people who are going to be getting engaged with the project!
Meeting at Cannon Coffee with Rebecca Doll
Photo courtesy of Randy Kay
So we've gone from Hamilton to Ward 4 to Crown Point, and finally Monday we also met Barb LaFleshe, a leader and caring neighbour in the McAnulty area (see the post about the ArcelorMittal Dofasco trial from Monday for more details about our canvassing with Barb). She's offered to help us contact residents and get the word out about the Street Tree project in the local community, and together we might even be able to get a community building and Street Tree advertising event in the area!

We're hoping to meet lots more community leaders in the next while and are so glad to see how much support the project is receiving!




Monday, May 26, 2014

Disappointing Dofasco Trial

Today ArcelorMittal Dofasco was fined a mere $390,000 for environmental charges that were laid over a year ago. Of the 13 original charges, Dofasco plead guilty to six, and seven others were entirely dropped. Many residents are incredibly disappointed in the results and feel let down by the Ministry of the Environment. Considering the time it took for them to receive a penalty and that violations in the form of dark smoke plumes appear on average every day and a half, resident Barbara LaFleshe says that the punishment is just a "slap on the wrist". Many community members would like to see the money put towards community projects and specifically efforts to improve air quality, however everyone is skeptical as to how things will actually play out.

The McAnulty residents won't just give up though. Today Jay and I went out canvassing with Barbara, who has lived in the area for many many years. We met at her house, beautifully tucked behind two large trees on her front lawn (to which she's hoping to add a third). Barbara took charge in knocking on neighbours' doors, introducing herself and us, and encouraging everyone to request trees and create a screen between their homes on McAnulty and Dofasco's pollution. Thanks to her efforts we received many requests, and also got a chance to speak to many of McAnulty's residents. We're looking forward to going back and continuing to build relationships with people living in the area and caring for their community.
Lynda Lukasik of Environment Hamilton took this photo around 8 a.m. Dec. 3, 2013 of ArcelorMittal Dofasco's blast furnace and Number 2 Coke plant. She believes the emission opacity here violates the MOE laws.
Photo courtesy of Environment Hamilton
For more information regarding the ArcelorMittal Dofasco trial see the Spectator article or CBC article below:
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4540106-arcelormittal-dofasco-fined-390-000-for-coke-emissions/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/arcelormittal-dofasco-fined-after-guilty-pleas-to-6-pollution-charges-1.2654235

If you're interested in learning about the Westdale neighbourhood's urban forest, join the Hamilton Naturalist's club on a walk with arbourist Kyle McLoughlin tomorrow!


Volunteering!

Our first volunteer orientation/canvassing day has been set for Friday May 30 from 5-7:30pm. We'll be meeting at McMaster's new and exciting space for research and community initiatives: the McMaster Action Research Commons Hamilton (ARCH) near Main and Kenilworth. Some start-up canvassing has proven successful and we've received several tree requests already (check back on the blog tomorrow for more details). If you want to be part of this project's success and watch it grow (along with some trees) send me an email at krujak@mcmaster.ca.
Now let's put some TREEs on our sTREEts!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Beautiful Partnerships Should Always Start With Tree-Planting

The Street Tree Project is a pretty wonderful initiative to improve air quality and greenery in Hamilton's urban neighbourhoods, but what's especially wonderful is that it isn't the only project with these goals! Environment Hamilton is in the process of a new air quality surveillance program, where they're measuring levels of pollutants in the air by using monitors attached to bicycles. The Hamilton Naturalists' Club is also hard at work, conducting an urban tree inventory. Of course, it only makes sense that we all work together and what better way to start than by tree planting in the Amaolo Nature Sanctuary!
If you'd like more information about Environment Hamilton or the Naturalists' Club and TreesCount, take a look at their websites, and of course if you're looking for more ways to get involved check out the OPIRG facebook page as well!
http://www.environmenthamilton.org/
http://hamiltonnature.org/                            
https://www.facebook.com/TreesCount2014
https://www.facebook.com/OPIRG.McMaster?ref=br_tf     


Friday, May 16, 2014

A Walk Through McAnulty


Wednesday we took our first trip to the Crown Point McAnulty neighbourhood. I met up with Randy from OPIRG McMaster and Jay from Environment Hamilton at the Kenilworth stop on the 10B-Line bus route. This was my first time in the neighbourhood and I really wasn't at all sure what to expect. The first thing that caught my eye was the steel industry casting a shadow over everything else in the area. Before today, I'd only ever seen Dofasco from the QEW, but seeing it from neighbourhood streets was really something else. We walked north until we finally reached McAnulty. Turning into the neighbourhood, my first thought wasn't that the neighbourhood was entirely bereft of trees - a good sign! The further in we walked though, the more potential space we saw where more could be planted.

As we started to meander through the streets, we met a woman out in her front yard. Randy approached her, introducing who we were and what we planned on doing there in the coming month. He then asked her how she thought her neighbours would feel about a free tree.

I thought for sure she'd be excited, I couldn't see any reason not to; so naturally I was a bit shocked to hear that  her instantaneous reply was "Would you get rid of the ones we have first?"
She went on to explain that she was worried about the roots getting in the pipes, and that currently she was having trouble with one of her backyard trees that was pushing a garage she had there. 

Only a few houses down there was a couple, out for a smoke on their front porch. In typical, friendly, Hamiltonian fashion, they were also glad to speak to us when we asked what they thought of a free tree. Unfortunately though, their response wasn't much better.

"I've got stuff out on my lawn in the summer" said the man who lived there, pointing to a snowmobile he had out front, and also commenting that sometimes the lawn also served as a second parking spot.

In fairness, many of the plots were pretty small, without much distance between houses either. However there still seemed to be enough space for planting, and in front of some homes a boulevard that might be able to house some new trees as well. Despite the sizes of the yards, it was clear that a lot of the McAnulty residents took pride in their homes, and we saw some pretty lovely home-fronts all along our way towards the north end of the neighbourhood. 

Once we got to Dofasco Blvd though, it was quite another story. The industry looked massive compared to the homes, and especially compared to the employees working there. Lots of construction seemed to be going on as well, and if you could look past the smog and off to the distance you could see smoke stacks with steam billowing out of them.




There was what seemed like an abandoned school across the street as well, with a little oil spill in a puddle in the yard. 

A patch of oil in the school yard
Though it does look a bit like an art installation
But around the corner from Dofacso, we stumbled upon a little gem in the McAnulty area that was disguised as a $3.99 breakfast special. We walked into Wayside Lunch to grab something to eat and were delighted to meet the enchanting owner, Lisa, and one of the best cooks in Hamilton, Judy. We told them about our project and Lisa sounded very enthusiastic, asking where she could sign up! She chatted us up about the restaurant, and we found out we were enjoying our eggs and toast where many Hollywood stars, including Ethan Hawke, had been sitting. Apparently four productions have been filmed here so far, with a possibility of more movie shoots in the future.
Lisa in her element
Jay (left) and Randy (right) in front of the best restaurant in this part of town
After a fantastic breakfast and a great day out in Crown Point, we left Lisa's restaurant and began to head home, promising to be back for more delicious food another time. I found I learned quite a bit about the area just being there a few hours and I can't wait to go back, next time with tree request forms!




The steel industry; just hanging out in everyone's backyard


Looks a bit like they're about to have a show-down, don't you think?
Some trees in front of this fence might make the area a bit more welcoming


This one tree looks pretty stellar, imagine a streetful of them!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Let's put the TREEs back in sTREEts together!!

The Street Tree project door-to-door campaign is starting up again this year, this time around in the Crown Point neighbourhood. Last year's project was really successful with over 70 tree requests received from a neighbourhood that previously averaged around 3 requests a year (take a look at the posts from May 2013 and onwards to see how this happened). If you'd like to be involved this year, now you can! We're looking for anyone who's interested in making a positive impact to Hamilton communities. If you would like to come door-to-door to collect Street Tree requests, while meeting some of the wonderful residents of Crown Point neighbourhood and helping make the community a greener place with cleaner air, feel free to email me at krujak@mcmaster.ca or call the OPIRG office at McMaster: 905-525-9140 ext 26026.
Also check back on the blog later this week to see how our first visit to the Crown Point community goes!

Friday, May 9, 2014

20 Minute Tree

A crew of men showed up in front of our house this morning with two enormous trucks carrying machinery, tools and trees!


In just over 20 minutes they had neatly prepared a hole in the lawn, placed an 8 foot Prairie Sentinel Hackberry and covered the roots with earth and mulch, swept up, and were on their way to the next address. 


This was the free street tree I ordered online from the City of Hamilton Street Tree program last summer. I missed out on the fall planting so had to wait for this spring to have it planted. It was a nice way to spend this beautiful morning, with my coffee and a new tree in the front yard.








Thursday, May 8, 2014

Krista coming to Crown Point with Free Street Trees this spring

Krista grew up in Etobicoke and started falling in love with the charismatic city of Hamilton when she moved here last year to study Health Sciences at McMaster. Since then she has become passionate about helping others discover some of the fantastic opportunities Hamilton offers, like the Street Tree Program! Her interest in community improvement has developed through her participation with Engineers Without Borders at McMaster as well as her role as a Girl Guide Leader in Dundas. She has been involved as an OPIRG McMaster volunteer this past school year and is really excited to further her involvement with the organization through her summer position as Air Quality Improvement Co-ordinator.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Largest sequenced genome belongs to...

Not a loblolly pine
"The massive genome of the loblolly pine -- around seven times bigger than the human genome -- is the largest genome sequenced to date and the most complete conifer genome sequence ever published. This achievement marks the first big test of a new analysis method that can speed up genome assembly by compressing the raw sequence data 100-fold."

http://www.genetics-gsa.org/news/templates/?a=121&z=1


Never underestimate the complexity of a tree

Monday, March 3, 2014

Tree Music, Inside Out.


Obviously not something people will replicate, but of course, each tree will have its own unique sound. Something of the pain of loss contained in the groove. 

Trees, the gift that keeps on giving, even in art-music.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Grow Your Own

“It raises issues often not thought about, like the idea of access to trees being important for residents of a city. It also puts forward the idea of returning the forest and wilderness to our cities, in some capacity.”

http://www.thestar.com/life/homes/2014/01/30/a_radical_idea_to_expand_our_canopy.html

Maybe they should check out Hamilton's version?