ALUS Wheatland

ALUS Wheatland helps to address environmental issues with ALUS projects that produce ecosystem services for communities in southern Alberta.




ALUS Wheatland helps to address environmental issues with ALUS projects that produce ecosystem services for communities in southern Alberta.

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.

ALUS Wheatland PAC October 2018
ALUS Wheatland Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC), October 3, 2018. From L to R: Ben Armstrong (PAC member, Council Representative), Russel Muenchrath (Manager of Agricultural and Environmental Services), Jason Wilson (PAC Chair, Council Representative,), Barry Van Laar (PAC member, Agricultural Service Board Member at Large), Rex Harwood (PAC Vice Chair, Agricultural Service Board Member at Large), Derek Hallgrimson (PAC member, DU Conservation Programs Specialist), Sarah Schumacher (ALUS Wheatland Program Coordinator, Agriculture Conservation Coordinator), Alyssa Robb (ALUS Wheatland Program Vice Coordinator, Environmental Coordinator). Missing: Barb Archibald (PAC member, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Stewardship Extension Specialist South).

News & Events in Wheatland

Five Generations of Ranching

Posted October 23, 2020 in Alberta

With a legacy of over 110 years, the Vergouwens steward the land and water just as those who came before them did.
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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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Give Them What They Really Need!

Posted November 30, 2019 in Alberta

Make a meaningful donation in honour of someone special: ALUS Canada’s seasonal fundraising campaign supports vulnerable wildlife species and ecosystems that thrive on ALUS projects.
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The 2019 Dave Reid Awards

Posted June 4, 2019 in Alberta

ALUS participants Tom and Margaret Towers receive the 2019 Dave Reid Award for innovation in the production of ecosystem services on Tamara Ranch.
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