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Greater Mississauga Area
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Reseau Canadien de Conservation des Amphibiens et des Reptiles
including the IUCN/SSC Task Force on Declining Amphibian Populations in Canada (DAPCAN) - Charitable Tax Number: 88078-1562-RR0001
May 11, 1998
Urban Forest Management Advisory Committee
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing to register our concerns about threats, through development, to the hydrological and ecological character of Cawthra Bush in Mississauga and to lend you our support for your city's efforts to preserve the site.
For your information, a member of our board of directors, Christine Bishop, has visited Cawthra Bush and reports seeing over 100 egg masses and at least 10 adults of the Jefferson's Salamander. As roads and urban sprawl continue to fragment and degrade this amphibian's habitat the preservation of sites such as Cawthra Bush becomes increasingly important. Amphibians should be preserved for the following reasons:
a) they are low on the food chain and provide food for predatory fish, mammals and waterfowl;
b) they may be a useful biological indicator of local water quality;
c) they are part of the unique biophysical character of the Mississauga area and are therefore a local natural heritage feature; and,
d) to preserve to the utmost the ecological integrity of Canada and its various political jurisdictions. This should be a basic tenet of civilized and environmentally responsible civic planning.
If we can be of any service in providing more details on the biological significance of the Cawthra Bush site, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you very much for your time and attention, and I hope to be able to report in our national newsletter kudos to the City of Mississauga and another success story from the Province of Ontario.
Sincerely - Stan A. Orchard, Chairman and DAPCAN National Co-ordinator
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STAN A. ORCHARD, Chairman and DAPCAN
CAROLYN SEBURN, Vice-chairman and
DAPCAN Co-ordinator for Eastern Canada 920 Mussell Road, RR#l, Oxford Mills,
Ontario, CANADA, K0G 1S0
ANDREW DIDIUK, Vice-chairman and
DAPCAN Co-ordinator for Western Canada Saskatchewan Amphibian Monitoring
Project and Saskatchewan Herpetology Alias Project, 314 Egbert Avenue,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA, S7N 1X1
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