The current proposed location of the LRT Dominion Station, on the north side of the Berkeley-Dominion Ave loop, would involve the destruction of a woodlot, now owned by the NCC. This woodlot is directly north of the Barclay Condo and the Plaza Towers Apartments and provides a visual as well as a partial sound barrier to the present transit-way. More importantly this small forest has well-used unpaved paths that provide a pleasant walk for many people as well as cover for several species of small mammals and birds. If the station were moved north into the current trench at least some of this woodlot could be saved.
At the June 14 meeting of City Hall a member of the City’s forestry section stated that the forest would die anyway as it was mostly composed of ash and elm, both of which were threatened by insect and fungus attack. While this may be true for other sections of the forest, this is not true for the portion of forest several hundred metres west of the proposed Dominion Station. Our assessment of this section showed that, at most, only 20% were ash and/or elm, mostly ash, while the remainder (>70%) was composed of many other species, including five species of maple (Sugar, Red, Norway, Manitoba, and Amur Maples, Acer saccharum, rubrum, platanoides, negundo, ginnala), Cottonwood (Populus, deltoides), White Spruce (Picea glauca), two species of pine (White and Scotch, Pinus strobes, sylvestris) and several specimens of Bur Oak (Quercus macocarpa) which are at the northern edge of its range. The understory consists largely of buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula), which although an introduced invasive species, offers an esthetically pleasing appearance.
Grace C. Wood, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Biology)
D. Monty Wood, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Biology)