The County of Vermilion River (CVR) launched the first ALUS program in Alberta in 2010, at the Cattlemen’s Corral in Lloydminster.
Since then, the program has supported a number of local producers in establishing and maintaining stewardship projects that benefit residents across CVR.
The ALUS Vermilion River program works with farmers and ranchers to establish and maintain projects such as riparian buffers, fencing exclusion, alternative watering systems, native prairie establishment, pollinator habitat and tree plantations.
These ALUS projects provide cleaner air, cleaner water and more habitat for wildlife and pollinators, while helping to improve the productivity of marginal and ecologically sensitive land.
News & Events
Speedwell Farms: Family Farming and Enhanced Grazing in the Foothills of Alberta
Stephen Smith and his wife Helena introduced sustainable farming and enhanced grazing techniques on Speedwell Farms years ago and continue to do so with support from the Grazing Forward program. Stephen Smith (top right) and his family. In 1906, Stephen’s...
The ALUS Before and After Photo Contest Showcases Nature-Based Solutions!
ALUS coordinators showcase nature-based solutions at different points in a project’s lifecycle. In 2021, ALUS introduced the Before and After Photo Contest with the aim of encouraging ALUS communities to demonstrate the magnitude of their ecosystem projects....
Learning from Communities Growing the ALUS Impact
ALUS team members met for collaborative engagement and learning at regional 2022 jamborees.In September and October 2022, ALUS organized three conferences, allowing our team members across the country to get together, tour project sites and discuss our shared...
ALUS Vermilion River Coordinator
Cows and Fish
Alberta Environment and Parks
Vermilion River Watershed Alliance
Battle River Watershed Alliance
North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance
Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society
Lakeland Industry and Community Association (LICA)
Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA)
PAC Chair, Producer
PAC Vice-Chair, Producer
Riparian Specialist, Cows and Fish
Environmental Advisor, Cenovus Energy
Lakeland College Student Managed Farm
Cathie Erichsen Arychuk
CVR Director of Agriculture and Environment (non-voting advisor)