ALUS Red Deer County

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




When ALUS Red Deer County was launched in 2013, it became the third ALUS program in Alberta. A partnership between ALUS Canada and Red Deer County, the ALUS Red Deer County program is an evolution of programs the County had been delivering since 2001.

ALUS supports farmers and ranchers by helping them establish projects that produce ecosystem services on their land, and by providing annual payments for their management and maintenance of these projects.

The program aims to tackle local environmental priorities, such as fish and wildlife habitat, water quality in the Sylvan Lake watershed, enhancement of wetlands, forests, and riparian areas, pollinator habitat, and flood and drought resiliency county-wide.

As of April 1, 2019, more than 100 farmers and ranchers have enrolled almost 5,000 acres into the program. Their ALUS projects include more than 75 alternative-watering systems for livestock, more than 300,000 feet of riparian-management fencing, and more.

All these projects produce important ecosystem services upon which we all depend, such as cleaner air, cleaner water, improved fish and wildlife habitat, and flood- and drought-resiliency.

Under the guidance of the Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC), the ALUS Red Deer County program is delivered by Program Coordinator Ken Lewis and three ALUS Farmer Liaisons: 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 bring new farmers and ranchers into the program.

How does the ALUS program work in Red Deer County? Program Coordinator Ken Lewis provides a great overview in a 30-minute webinar he created in spring 2020, covering the subjects “What is ALUS,” “ALUS in Red Deer County 2013 to 2019,” and “What it looks like: on-the-ground examples.”

The ALUS Red Deer County PAC is made up of local Farmers and Ranchers, Red Deer County councillors, and representatives of the Red Deer County Agricultural Services Board, Cows and Fish, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Grey Wooded Forage Association, Alberta Conservation Association and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

ALUS Red Deer County evaluates the environmental effectiveness of the program by doing baseline Riparian and Range Health Assessments (RHAs) at project sites, then revisiting these RHAs four or five years later.


  • Contact Ken Lewis T: 403-342-8653 C: 403-505-9038 E: klewis [at]
  • View videos showcasing some Red Deer County ALUS participants in the Digital Stories website and in Red Deer County’s media gallery (scroll down to find the “Conservation” section, and look for videos with ALUS in the title).

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

ALUS Canada announces $100,000 sponsorship from Silk® to help restore farmland across the country

Posted September 9, 2020 in Alberta

Announcing a $100K New Acre™ Project sponsorship by Silk®, contributing to the brand’s mission of promoting healthier eating and living for all Canadians.
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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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Nearly $1M in federal funding for aquatic SAR in ALUS Prairie Hub

Posted March 20, 2020 in Manitoba

PRESS RELEASE | Regina, Saskatchewan, March 20, 2020 | ALUS Canada announces nearly $1M in new federal funding for aquatic species at risk in the Prairies
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Call for Nominations: 2020 ALUS Innovation Awards

Posted February 28, 2020 in Manitoba

Call for Nominations: ALUS Canada is currently accepting nominations for the annual Dave Reid Award, recognizing innovation in the production of ecosystem services on Canadian farms and ranches. Deadline April 17, 2020.
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TD Bank Group sponsors launch of New Acre™ Project, ALUS Canada’s innovative corporate-sponsorship program.

Posted October 29, 2019 in Manitoba

TD Bank Group named as launch sponsor of ALUS’ innovative corporate-sponsorship program: PRESS RELEASE | Toronto, October 29, 2019 | With a two-year commitment of $220,000 through their corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, TD will help ALUS roll out the New Acre™ Project, expand its bilingual materials and raise awareness across the country.
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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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