April 20, 2012
Public Affairs Office
SUFFIELD, Canada — ERDC Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) Research Agronomist Antonio "Tony" Palazzo recently presented "Experiences in Military Reclamation and Restoration" at a meeting hosted by the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield, Suffield, Canada.
CFB Suffield is host to the largest military training area in Canada, with a mission to provide a sustainable world class range and training area that enables Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)-Suffield, the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) and other potential users to achieve their mandates through effective stewardship of all the range training areas infrastructure and equipment.
Palazzo was invited to share results of research in the Intermountain West, the ERDC-developed military planting guide for that region, and the potential benefits of using transgenic grasses to phytoremediate RDX.
The meeting, hosted by DRDC, was attended by both Canadian and British military personnel to develop best management practices and future research objectives to help maintain the training mission, promote the growth of native plants, and retard invasive weed growth. British and Canadian forces plan to incorporate land reclamation objectives based on value, effectiveness and efficiency as they continue to formulate "best practices" for the Suffield training area.
Learn more about Palazzo's military training lands reclamation and restoration: Intermountain west military training lands planting guide: Selecting seed mixtures for actively used military lands (ERDC-CRREL TR 09-9).