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Urban Forest Management Advisory Committee, City of Mississauga
July 7, 1998
Dear Sir or Madam,
I have writing to express concern about possible threats of development and intrusive management practices that may jeopardize the healthy wetland, old-growth ecosystem of the Cawthra Bush found within the City of Mississauga jurisdiction.
From the information I have received, which includes a number of scientific reports, this ecosystem appears to be a unique ecological entity - one of the last of its kind in Southern Ontario. In addition, 1 note the presence of rare species such as the Jefferson Salamander, a provincially significant species, and the chimney building crayfish, a threatened species in Ontario, both of which live in the Cawthra Bush. It is very important that the protection of the habitat and living conditions of these species have primary consideration in management and planning decisions related to the Cawthra Bush.
I would urge you to stop any work that is currently in progress and undertake a thorough ecosystem-based environmental review and assessment of the Cawthra Bush before further management or development plans are approved. In addition, serious consideration should be given to having the area rezoned to prevent development and to undertaking very careful assessments of the impact of opening the area to human recreational activities.
The residents of Mississauga are extremely fortunate to have such an ecological gem in their midst. To lose or damage this ecosystem beyond repair would be ethically and scientifically irresponsibility. I believe that the City of Mississauga has an obligation to make sure that the Cawthra Bush is maintained in as natural and healthy condition as possible and to preserve this rare example of our disappearing natural heritage for its own residents as well as the rest of Canada. 1 hope you also will take this view.
I would appreciate being informed of future developments in this issue by your department. If you think there may be something the Canadian Biodiversity Institute can do to assist in environmental and ecosystem studies please don't hesitate to contact us. If we can, we would be more than willing to provide assistance.
Yours sincerely - Heather Hamilton, Executive Coordinator.
c.c. Mayor Hazel McCallion - Councillor Ward 1 Carmen Corbasson - Friends of the Cawthra Bush
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