ALUS Red Deer County

When the ALUS Red Deer County program started in 2013, it became the third ALUS program in Alberta.




Red Deer County started its ALUS program in 2013, as the third ALUS program in Alberta. ALUS complements existing programs that Red Deer County has been delivering with local producers since 2001, but ALUS supports farmers and ranchers by helping them establish projects that produce ecosystem services on their land, and by offering annual payments for their management and maintenance of these projects.

So far, more than 90 farmers and ranchers have enrolled over 4,500 acres in the ALUS Red Deer County program. Their ALUS projects include more than 75 alternative-watering systems for livestock, and more than 300,000 feet of riparian-management fencing, all producing the important ecosystem services upon which we all depend, such as cleaner air, cleaner waters and improved wildlife habitat.

ALUS Red Deer County has three Farmer Liaisons working on their team: Tom Towers, a rancher from just south of the City of Red Deer; Stephen Smith, who runs a mixed farm near Pine Lake;  and Kevin Ziola, who farms south of Sylvan Lake. Each of these Farmer Liaisons started out as ALUS participants, and now help Program Coordinator Ken Lewis follow up with other participants and bring new farmers and ranchers into the program.


ALUS Projects in Red Deer County

Steward of the Land: ALUS Red Deer County participant Aron Lutz

Video: ALUS Red Deer County participant Aron Lutz has established a dozen ALUS projects on 41 acres of his land.
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Steward of the Land: Jo-Anne Hallman, ALUS Red Deer County Participant

Meet ALUS Red Deer County participant Jo-Anne Hallman, who has enrolled 105 acres in the ALUS program: ALUS' "Stewards of the Land" video series
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Kevin Ziola’s ALUS projects help conserve wetlands in Red Deer County

ALUS Red Deer participant Kevin Ziola used ALUS funding to create year-round watering systems to help conserve the creek and wetlands on his land.
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Meet the first participants of ALUS Red Deer County, Keith and Tracy Johnson

In January 2014, the Johnson family became the first in ALUS participants in Red Deer County, Alberta.
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News & Events in Red Deer County

Rhonda King joins ALUS Canada

Posted May 2, 2019 in Rocky View

PRESS RELEASE | ALUS Canada is proud to welcome a new staff member, Rhonda King, who came on board last month as our Western Canada Lead.
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VIDEO: Fully Implementing Wetland Policy in Alberta

Posted March 20, 2019 in Alberta

Speaking at the Edmonton Convention Centre on March 20, 2019, ALUS Canada’s CEO, Bryan Gilvesy, presented creative solutions to wetland restoration at the Rural Municipalities of Alberta’s Spring Convention.
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Care Runs in the Family

Posted January 30, 2019 in Alberta

ALUS Red Deer County participants Kevin and Roxanne Ziola manage 21 ALUS projects on Iron Kreek Ranch, a 1,600-acre cow/calf and lamb operation in Alberta .
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The Next Generation of Conservation in the West

Posted December 1, 2018 in Alberta

Calgary business leaders celebrate strong support for ALUS Canada in Alberta, where ranchers produce cleaner air, cleaner water and wildlife habitat for all.
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Story to Tell

Posted November 6, 2018 in Alberta

ALUS Red Deer County produced a wonderful collection of digital stories told by local farmers, ranchers and residents with a connection to land and water.
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Red Deer County
Wildlife Habitat Canada
Delta Waterfowl
Alberta Conservation Association
Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program
Agricultural Watershed Enhancement Program
Environmental Damages Fund
Sylvan Lake Management Committee

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