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Page - 3 - Mississauga News, Tuesday, Feb. 15/95

Tree lover launches campaign to preserve the Cawthra woodlot


A long time admirer of the Cawthra woodlot is trying to put an end to the removal of trees from the site.

Donald Barber says he is opposed to the logging activities taking place at the Cawthra Rd./Queen Elizabeth Way estate and intends to sway public opinion over to his way of thinking.

Barber says he is starting up a petition and will hold his own public meeting into the matter.

A combined effort of the City of Mississauga, Credit Valley Conservation Authority and the provincial government are removing five to 10 per cent of the trees - about 2,000 in total - in an effort to revitalize the remaining trees on the 25 hectare (64 acre) lot.

Water main

About one-quarter of the trees will come down along the eastern edge of the woodlot as the province installs a water main. These trees are to be replanted.

Still, despite the environmental rationale for the removal, Barber says the agencies are treading into areas that should best be left alone.

Barber says by the fact the woodlot has lasted this long, is a sign that it doesn't need; anyone's help to rejuvenate itself.

"This site is a very unique area that has withstood the test of time," Barber said. "In an old growth area such as this, nobody helped it along. It grew and survived on its own."

Barber, who says his interest in the matter stem from growing up near the Cawthra estate and admiring its uniqueness, is also angry because he feels residents. in the neighborhood don't realize what is happening.

He says a public meeting that city held into the plan was poorly attend because it was on the night of a snowstorm.

"It seems everything they are proceeding with came from that .meeting," Barber says. "But no one was there."

'Nature needs help'

Brian MacRae, the city's Commissioner of Social Services, says studies showed the woodlot does need thinning out to help smaller trees grow and to establish a healthier base for the existing ones.

"In fact, nature does need a little help from time to time," MacRae says, adding the woodlot will still have 30,000 trees after all of the logging takes place, which should start in about four weeks.

MacRae also says the cutting of the trees will come at no cost to the city as the selling of the wood will pay for the labor involved.

In the meantime, Barber says he will be going door-to-door this week with his petition which he then will present to city council.

As well, he says he has rented a room at the Cawthra estate on February 20 for a public meeting into the logging situation.

It will make a difference!

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