Anyone living in this region at the time recalls the Ice Storm of ’98. Matter of fact, most don’t even attach the year, just saying “the ice storm” is enough. (We arrived in ’99, so I missed it.)
Carleton University Geography professor Doug King and PhD student Evan Seed spent years studying the effects of that event on Quebec’s Gatineau Park. As reported by Tom Spears for the Ottawa Citizen, the story is mostly one of renewal:
Gatineau Park has bounced back from the 1998 ice storm but with subtle differences still apparent all these years later, and with a message.
Damaging ice storms are a normal part of the life-and-death cycle of our forests, just as forest fires are much farther north.
That may sound like an unremarkable conclusion. But the severity of the ice storm was such that it does warrant study. Spears’ article lists more observations and conclusions, if you’d like specifics. Study conclusions were presented in association with the 75th anniversary of Gatineau Park’s creation.
As part of Research Month events there (Nov 16, 23 and 30) King and Seed will present a talk about their study (in English) at 2 pm Saturday at the Visitors Centre in Chelsea.
Many In Box readers are aware of how the Ice Storm affected forests where they live. Please do share comments and observations below.