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Ministry of Natural Resources Ontario
50 Bloomington Rd. West - Aurora.

August 6, 1998

Mr. Donald Barber,
President Friends of the Cawthra Bush & Greater Mississauga Area

Dear Don:

Re: Formal Request for a Wetland Evaluation at the Cawthra Bush, Mississauga

As noted in our phone conservation of July 6, 1998, I indicated that the Ministry would be interested in doing a wetland evaluation of the swamps in Cawthra Bush over the next few years. Because of time constraints, we are limited to doing evaluations of high priority wetlands that are being subjected to development pressures. These high priority wetlands are selected every year in the early spring on the basis of recommendations from local Conservation Authorities, regional/local municipalities and our MNR area teams (in this case the Halton/Peel team). I will bring forward your request for a wetland evaluation at that time. For this year we are evaluating several large wetland complexes on the Oak Ridges Moraine in the Goodwood and Glen Major areas. In 1998, we will be re-evaluating a large wetland complex in Peel known as the Acton - Silver Creek wetland complex.

Since the wetlands to be inventoried have already been selected for this year, it will not be possible to carry out an evaluation of the Cawthra Bush wetlands until the 1999 field season at the earliest.

I have also indicated in the meantime that I could at least visit the Cawthra Bush in the summer/fall of 1998 and put together an inventory report for the uplands and wetlands on the site based on its regional life Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI) status.

I will contact you in the next few weeks and indicate a time that I can visit the bush for the ANSI work.

Yours sincerely - Steve Varga, Inventory Biologist, MNR Aurora District

C.C. Judi Orendorff

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