ALUS Brazeau

ALUS arrived in Brazeau County in the spring of 2016. The majority of producers in the area are ranchers who raise livestock, typically cattle. Many are particularly interested in exclusion fencing projects to reduce grazing impacts on riparian habitat and forest stands.




Brazeau County’s ALUS program focuses on improving riparian habitat, increasing flood and drought resiliency, and improving water quality within the Modeste subwatershed.

In 2016, ALUS Brazeau was approved for a provincial grant application focused on water quality and drought and flood resilience in the area.

ALUS Brazeau’s Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC) reviews and approves all potential ALUS projects in the community, with guidance, support, advice and expertise provided by ALUS Canada and Brazeau County staff.

The ALUS Brazeau PAC is comprised of five local producers, representatives from 3 external agencies (North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Cows & Fish, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada), and one County Councilor. The PAC has established specific criteria for potential ALUS projects:

  1. ALUS Brazeau projects should be submitted by an agricultural producer with a registered or legally defined farming operation, eligible for farm tax status in Alberta;
  2. ALUS Brazeau projects should have agricultural activity occurring on marginal or environmentally sensitive portions of the lands that are being considered for enrollment in ALUS;
  3. ALUS Brazeau projects should be located on less than 20% of the titled and/or leased land within Brazeau County, managed by the producer.
Group shot of ALUS Brazeau members

The ALUS Brazeau PAC, as established spring 2016: Back row (L to R): Cecil Andersen (Member‐at‐Large), Duane Movald (Chairperson), Cliff Whitelock (Member‐at‐Large). Middle row (L to R): Henry Hughes (Member‐at‐Large), Candace Vanin (Agriculture & Agri‐Food Canada), Graham Kathol (Vice Chairperson), Benjamin Misener (ALUS Program Coordinator). Front row (L to R): Kerri O’Shaughnessy (Cows & Fish), Rita Moir (Councillor), Nancy Chambers (Recording Secretary), Shirley Mahan (Councillor). Absent: Christine Campbell, ALUS Canada Hub Manager (West), Denika Piggott (ALUS Parkland County), Colin Poitras (Planning & Development Summer Student), Lisa Rabel (Agricultural Fieldman), Mary Ellen Shain (North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance).

News & Events in Brazeau

In Praise of the New Acre™ Producer

Posted December 13, 2017 in Saskatchewan

Productivity and innovation of farmers and ranchers showcased through ALUS Canada’s New Acre™ Project
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David Bissett and ALUS Canada announce great news for environmental conservation on farms and ranches

Posted August 29, 2017 in Alberta

Alberta philanthropist David Bissett and ALUS Canada, A Weston Family Initiative, announced "The Bissett Action Fund," a new $500,000 gift which will support environmental projects on farms and ranches in southern Alberta.
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ALUS Relaunches in Alberta

Posted July 28, 2016 in Alberta

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.
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National Launch of ALUS Canada, a Weston Family Initiative

Posted November 4, 2016 in Saskatchewan

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.
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ALUS Wins Alberta Emerald Award

Posted June 8, 2016 in Alberta

ALUS Canada won the Shared Footprint Award at 25th annual Alberta Emerald Foundation gala in Calgary, June 8 2016.
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