ALUS Mountain View County
Where Agriculture and Nature Meet

The ALUS Mountain View County program aims to value, protect and promote both the agricultural community and the region’s unique and precious natural environment through the implementation of on-the-ground projects that rebuild, retain and reconstruct natural areas such as wetlands, grasslands, riparian areas and treed areas.

This results in habitat for fish and wildlife, species at risk and native pollinator insects, as well as cleaner air and water, and even sustainable food production on working landscapes.
While there are many potential project types, the county will initially target those that suit the areas of focus and goals that have been established by its PAC. Its areas of focus include reforestation, pollinators and wetlands. Specifically:

  • Preserving and establishing trees in areas of low concentration
  • Reclaiming alkali or marginal soils to native stands
  • Increasing and promoting pollinator establishment
  • Reclaiming marginal cropland for buffering around streams; preserving potholes or wetlands

At the moment, ALUS Mountain View County is particularly interested in projects with a wetland focus. The program funds producers interested in converting marginal cropland—including areas around bogs, swamps, marshes or shallow open water, and areas of saline soil—into tame forages or native prairie mixtures.

The program also funds farmers and ranchers wanting to fence off wetlands or riparian areas, protect native stands, and enhance these areas with native grasses, trees and shrubs.

 

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Marcus & Sarah Riedner: Growing Happiness And Biodiversity By The Acre

Marcus & Sarah Riedner: Growing Happiness And Biodiversity By The Acre

Marcus and Samuel Riedner stand next to a native eco-buffer planted through the ALUS Mountain View County program. Image Credit: Noel West.At their mixed farming operation, Sarah, Marcus and their family have grazed cattle, poultry and heritage swine for over nine...

Meet Lisa Kennedy and Joey Halter, ALUS Trailblazers

Meet Lisa Kennedy and Joey Halter, ALUS Trailblazers

ALUS presents a profile series showcasing outstanding farmers and ranchers creating ecosystem services in Alberta. ALUS participants Lisa Kennedy and Joey Halter run a mixed farm near Olds, Alberta. They custom-graze cow-calf pairs and keep horses, sheep and laying...

Meet ALUS Trailblazers Sean and Holly LaBrie

Meet ALUS Trailblazers Sean and Holly LaBrie

ALUS Presents a new series showcasing outstanding farmers and ranchers. ALUS Mountain View County participants Sean and Holly LaBrie have been running Difficulty Ranch, near Didsbury, Alberta, since 2005. They have enrolled 86 acres into the ALUS program, where they...

ALUS Mountain View County Coordinator

Lorelee Grattidge

Lorelee Grattidge

1408 – Twp Rd 320,
Postal Bag 100,
Didsbury, AB T0M 0W0
lgrattidge@mvcounty.com
403-994-0837

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Alberta Conservation Association

Sarcee Fish & Game Association

Bruce Beattie
Reeve

Dwayne Fulton
Councillor

Duncan Milne
Councillor 

Brian Rodger
Agricultural Service Board Chairman

Brent Buschert
Agricultural Service Board Vice Chairman

Sean LaBrie
Agricultural Service Board Member at Large

Tietsia Huyzer
Agricultural Service Board Member at Large

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