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Public Service Announcement

Bentinck Island Range 

May 13, 2019 – Esquimalt, B.C. – Department of National Defence/ Royal Canadian Navy 

The land based demolition range at Bentinck Island will be in use from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Friday, May 17 to Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Bentinck Island is located near Race Rocks in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Used as a terrestrial demolition range by the Canadian Armed Forces local residents will likely be unaware of the activities except on days when environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and wind direction effect how far the sound will travel.

Numerous studies have been conducted on the potential environmental effects of Bentinck Island demolitions.  Specifically, blast noise in the marine environment during land based demolitions is almost undetectable by acoustic equipment above that of other underwater background sounds such as waves and marine life.

Burning at DND’s Rocky Point Property

The Department of National Defence, in partnership with the BC Wildfire Service, will be burning debris piles at the Rocky Point property in Metchosin.  Up to 20 piles of tree and shrub debris will be burned over approximately 13 days between May 7 and May 30. Burning will be conducted when weather and ventilation conditions are favourable. Noticeable smoke will be created during burning.  

Debris piles have been created through management of vegetation, including Scotch broom, gorse, and small conifers.  Vegetation management is necessary in order to maintain military training areas, protect habitat for species at risk, and reduce fire hazard. 

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Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Public Affairs
Phone: 250-363-4006
Hours: 250-888-6775

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