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Hamilton Region Conservation Authority

May 5, 1998

Dear Mr. Barber:

Re: Jefferson Salamander and Cawthra Bush Management

Thank you for your recent letter regarding Jefferson Salamander (Ambystoma Jeffersonianum) and other species. We are fortunate in Hamilton-Wentworth to have a number of wooded areas in which Jefferson Salamander occurs. It is considered rare in Hamilton-Wentworth. As such, any proposals for development in or close to environmentally significant areas where it occurs must have regard for this species and its habitat.

The Hamilton Region Conservation Authority (HRCA) has bought land on which these salamanders live and has preserved habitat for them as well as many other species of plants and animals. HRCA are at present developing timber management plans but will be proposing not to cut in mixed or deciduous forest lands that are the best habitat for the species. Jefferson Salamander is only one of many wildlife species for which habitat protection in natural forests such as these is needed. Our cutting policies will be directed towards conifer plantations which are generally poor salamander habitat.

I have enclosed some information on this species as well as the Blue-spotted Salamander and their triploid hybrids from the Hamilton Herpetofaunal Atlas.

I also recommend that you contact Bill Lamond, the author of the Hamilton Herpetofaunal Atlas (519-756-9546); Christine Bishop of the Canadian Wildlife Service (905-336-4843); Dr. J. P. Bogart, Biology Department of the University of Guelph (519-824-4120); and Mary Gartshore, an expert herpetologist (519-586-3985). All of these people have studied the Jefferson Salamander complex at one time or another and may be able to provide additional information.

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Please contact Bruce Duncan, Ecologist, at this office if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely - B. Scott Konkle O.A.L.A. - Director of Watershed Planning and Engineering
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