ALUS Wheatland
Where Agriculture and Nature Meet

Launched in September 2018 as a partnership between ALUS Canada and Wheatland County, ALUS Wheatland is the 11th ALUS community in Alberta and the 24th in Canada.

Wheatland County lies in the mixed grassland and dark brown soil region of southern Alberta. It is a diverse agricultural community of more than 8,000 residents, including portions of 19 Hutterian Brethren Colonies, all living on a 4,539 square-kilometre territory divided by the Red Deer River and the Bow River, fed by the Serviceberry Creek, Rosebud River and Crowfoot Creek watersheds.

In all ALUS communities, ALUS works closely with landowners to develop and support projects that are best suited to local needs and priorities. The ALUS Wheatland program aims to help address important environmental issues in this part of Alberta, namely riparian health and the loss of wetlands and native grasslands. The region’s most sensitive ecological features also include hard alkaline and saline soils, the Wintering Hills, native grasslands and numerous pothole prairie wetlands.

ALUS Wheatland’s Program Coordinators work with farmers and ranchers to help establish these projects, while participants receive annual, per-acre payments for the management and maintenance of these projects on their land.

Through their ALUS projects, ALUS Wheatland participants will help to produce cleaner water, cleaner air and more biodiversity, including pollinator habitat, for the benefit of everyone in the community.

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Meet Doug and Susan Clark, ALUS Trailblazers

Meet Doug and Susan Clark, ALUS Trailblazers

Wheatland County has been home to JC Ranch for over 125 years. Doug and Susan Clark, with their son, Wes, run a cow-calf operation over 2000 acres in the Crowfoot Creek Watershed and became ALUS participants in 2020.

The Vergouwen Family: Five Generations of Ranching

The Vergouwen Family: Five Generations of Ranching

With a family legacy of over 110 years, the Vergouwens continue to steward the land and water just as those who came before them did. For over 110 years, the Scheer-Vergouwen family has stewarded their land and the animals they raise on it outside of Strathmore,...

ALUS Wheatland Coordinator

Sarah Schumacher

Sarah Schumacher

242006 Range Road 243
Wheatland County, AB
T1P 2C4
Sarah.Schumacher@wheatlandcounty.ca
403-361-2027

Jason Wilson

PAC Chair, Council Representative

Scott Klassen

PAC member, Council Representative

Barry Van Laar

PAC member, Agricultural Service Board Member at Large

Brittany Walker

PAC member, Agricultural Service Board Member at Large

Derek Hallgrimson

PAC member, DU Conservation Programs Specialist

 

Jason Wilson

PAC Chair, Council Representative

Scott Klassen

PAC member, Council Representative

Barry Van Laar

PAC member, Agricultural Service Board Member at Large

Brittany Walker

PAC member, Agricultural Service Board Member at Large

Derek Hallgrimson

PAC member, DU Conservation Programs Specialist

Sonja Bloom

PAC member, Environmental & Communications Coordinator, Foothills Forage & Grazing Association

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