ALUS participants Tom and Margaret Towers receive the 2019 Dave Reid Award for innovation in the production of ecosystem services on Tamara Ranch.
Through their connections with other Alberta counties offering ALUS in their communities, the County of Wetaskiwin and Leduc County quickly realized that ALUS would be an excellent enhancement to their existing Sustainable Agriculture program.
By the end of 2015, the County of Wetaskiwin and Leduc County had partnered together with ALUS Canada to run a joint ALUS program.
The ALUS Wetaskiwin-Leduc Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC) was formed in spring of 2016, and approved their first three projects. The PAC has a strong farmer representation from both counties, and similarly, farmers from both Counties are able to enroll in the ALUS program.
ALUS is run through the Counties’ Sustainable Agriculture Program, which promotes the adoption of beneficial management practices as they pertain to water, soil and energy management. Often these same practices enhance or improve nature on the landscape.
The ALUS Wetaskiwin-Leduc PAC recognizes the importance of promoting the restoration, enhancement and conservation of wetlands, and has reflected that in its annual payment schedule.
“ALUS encourages conservation through the efforts of a diverse array of players and programs, tailored by communities to meet their local needs,: says Barkwell. “The program will continue to grow in strength and longevity because of this diversity.”
News & Events in Wetaskiwin-Leduc
On June 4, 2019, ALUS Canada presented the Dave Reid Award to farmers and ranchers for excellence and innovation in producing ecosystem services.
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.
-Leduc County (Sustainable Agriculture Program)
-County of Wetaskiwin (Sustainable Agriculture Program)
-Canadian Agricultural Partnership
-Alberta Conservation Association (ACA)