Canadian Forces Base Suffield biologist is on a mission to maintain ecology in military training areas

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By Natalie Finnemore, CFB Suffield Public Affairs

Ralston, Alberta — As soldiers train to assume the duties of Canada’s high-readiness brigade that deploys on operations around the world, the ground they train on must be maintained at all times, not only for training purposes, but also to conserve local animal and plant life.

Corey Davidson, a Reclamation Biologist at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield, is one of the people who helps makes this happen.

When most people think of military training areas, they might form a mental picture of soldiers in the field on an exercise with armoured vehicles rolling over the terrain and plenty of explosions, but what they don’t know about are all those behind-the-scenes people who keep a training range alive and well after repeated use.

Mr. Davidson, along with the Range Sustainability team at CFB Suffield, plays a critical role in conserving the prairie ecosystem of the country’s largest military training area, located in southeastern Alberta.

“This position is quite interesting because it’s so varied on the type of projects that come across my desk,” Mr. Davidson said. “One day I could be looking at a proposal to use weed-free hay to create a target location, to looking at contaminates on the ground, to looking at biological control for invasive species.”

His area of expertise is known as reclamation, which focuses on recovering the ground…

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