More than 130 people gathered at the Edmonton Corn Maze on July 28, 2016, to celebrate the official relaunch of ALUS Canada, a Weston Family Initative, in Alberta.
Through their connections with other Alberta counties offering ALUS in their communities, the County of Wetaskiwin and Leduc County quickly realized that ALUS would be an excellent enhancement to their existing Sustainable Agriculture program.
By the end of 2015, the County of Wetaskiwin and Leduc County had partnered together with ALUS Canada to run a joint ALUS program.
The ALUS Wetaskiwin-Leduc Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC) was formed in spring of 2016, and approved their first three projects. The PAC has a strong farmer representation from both counties, and similarly, farmers from both Counties are able to enroll in the ALUS program.
ALUS is run through the Counties’ Sustainable Agriculture Program, which promotes the adoption of beneficial management practices as they pertain to water, soil and energy management. Often these same practices enhance or improve nature on the landscape.
The ALUS Wetaskiwin-Leduc PAC recognizes the importance of promoting the restoration, enhancement and conservation of wetlands, and has reflected that in its annual payment schedule.
“ALUS encourages conservation through the efforts of a diverse array of players and programs, tailored by communities to meet their local needs,: says Barkwell. “The program will continue to grow in strength and longevity because of this diversity.”
News & Events in Wetaskiwin-Leduc
ALUS Canada and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation announce $5M grant to launch a groundbreaking environmental initiative now known as ALUS Canada, A Weston Family Initiative, along with its New Acre™ Project.
Leduc County (Sustainable Agriculture Program)
County of Wetaskiwin Sustainable Agriculture Program)
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation (through ALUS Canada)
National Conservation Plan (through ALUS Canada)
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Growing Forward 2