DND to use some NPCA properties for training exercises

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) and the Department of National Defence (DND) have signed an official licensed agreement that will allow for properties within various Conservation Areas to be used as training facilities.

The agreement, effective until December 31, 2018, will allow the DND to enter and use property located at Chippawa Creek, Long Beach, Stevensville, Wainfleet Bog, and Willoughby Marsh Conservation Areas, and perform key training exercises with the Army’s primary war-fighters in the Lincoln and Welland Infantry Regiment.

“NPCA properties provide us with unique training grounds to be able to perform our drills and practices in all environmental conditions,” says Sgt. Jay Hubert, Operations WO, Lincoln and Welland Regiment. “This continued relationship allows us to better train and prepare those that protect our country.”

Training exercises that will take place at the properties include; patrolling, Offensive and Defensive tasks, setting up of tactical hides and patrol bases, complex terrain exercises, and limited use of blank ammunition (makes flash and an explosive sound but does not contain a bullet).

“We value the individuals who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces, and take their commitment to keeping our country safe very seriously,” says NPCA Board Chair,, Sandy Annunziata. “We are grateful to be able to play any role that supports our military personnel and their families, and contributes to their success.”

NPCA CAO, Mark Brickell adds “NPCA and DND recognize that these properties may be surrounded by ecologically sensitive areas, and as such, any activities taking place will be sensitive to the area and its features, to ensure the conservation of the site.”

Source – Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority press release

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