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 four external agencies (North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Cows & Fish, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, West-Central Forage Association), and one County Councillor. 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 enrolment 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.

ALUS Brazeau PAC
The ALUS Brazeau PAC, 2018/2019: Back row, L to R: Candace Vanin, Nancy Chambers, Warren Noga, James Coombes, Duane Movald, Henry Hughes. Front row, L to R: Allan Goddard, Tonya Lwiwski, Dawnia McCann, Racheal Nay, Kara Westerlund. Missing: Laina Wentland, Kerri O’Shaughnessy, Mary Ellen Shain, Christine Campbell.

News & Events in Brazeau

Meet the Hughes Family, ALUS Trailblazers

Posted November 25, 2020 in Alberta

ALUS helps the Hughes produce cleaner air, cleaner water and greater biodiversity by enhancing wetlands and riparian areas along the Buck Lake Creek.
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ALUS Canada announces new funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in Alberta

Posted March 25, 2020 in Alberta

PRESS RELEASE | Calgary, Alberta, March 25, 2020 | ALUS Canada’s Western Hub to benefit from nearly $450,000 in new funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in Alberta (Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change program)
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From Pioneering Participants to Repeat Customers

Posted December 20, 2019 in Alberta

Meet Charlie and Theresa Maltais, ALUS Brazeau’s original participants, who have devoted 50+ acres to the production of cleaner water in Alberta’s Modeste subwatershed.
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Putting Modeste to the Test

Posted February 9, 2019 in Alberta

Work is on track for the Modeste Natural Infrastructure Project, whose first annual meeting was held in Edmonton February 5, 2019.
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Movald Farm Makes an Impact

Posted August 25, 2018 in Alberta

Producing ecosystem services on a fifth-generation farm in Brazeau County, Alberta
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West-Central Forage Association

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