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Tree talk, funky fridge & taxing tips

Cottage Q&A

HOW SHOULD we handle a tree that has fallen into the lake? It’s interfering with our favourite swimming spot.


“As is usually the case, the answer is ‘It depends,’ “ says Mike Yee, the environmental planner and the manager of biology and water quality with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority in Manotick, Ont. Before you do anything at all, you’re best to make sure you don’t need a permit from your municipality or the go-ahead from a local conservation authority, environment ministry, or Parks Canada. And safety first: remove the tree if it’s a hazard. Beyond that, “you want to try to find a balance between your needs and the needs of the lake,” says Yee. “Downed woody debris is very, very good for water ecology. It provides structure, nutrients, and places for things to hide and live. It’s like an apartment building for the lake.”

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