The City of Ottawa recently changed staff’s recommendation that forests be protected within two kilometres of the urban boundary to within one kilometre. The changes were suggested after the outcry over the Taggart and AOO clearcutting along Piperville Road last May. Last week the Hunt Club forest, a large stand of red pines near the airport, was cut down for development, and a forest on the east side of Boundary Road was cleared. CJRO asked Russell Township Mayor Pierre Leroux about that property and he said the land was zoned agricultural so the clearing appears to be for farming.
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