Join Kim Barkwell, ALUS Wetaskiwin-Leduc Coordinator, for tours of ALUS projects. Learn about the work involved in establishing or enhancing wetlands, livestock fencing and other beneficial projects.
ALUS Wetaskiwin-Leduc project tours are planned for June 20 and June 23. Each tour will highlight a different area in the counties. The ALUS program is farmer delivered and we are excited to share a sample of their work. Click here for more information and to pre-register. Use the on-line form to pre-register by June 15. For pre-registration assistance or more information, contact Kim by phone at 780-387-6182 or email.
“ALUS is a great way to recognize how a farmer’s land management can benefit us all!” says Kim.
Producers throughout Wetaskiwin and Leduc counties work with ALUS to create nature-based solutions, such as wetlands, windbreaks and more, to meet land management challenges in ways that are inspired by the environment. These projects help build resilience to flood, drought and other other challenges. Moreover, the contribute positive benefits to the local environment, improving local biodiversity, water quality and economic outcomes.
Meet local participants like the Robins family, who have been farming in the area for four generations. Brad Robins has been an ALUS participant since 2017 after he saw an advertisement for ALUS Wetaskiwin-Leduc in the local paper.
“My father and I have seen waterfowl and herons on those ALUS wetlands,” says Brad. “Jackrabbits are coming back too; we had not seen those in a long time!”
The local ALUS program is run by area farmers and ranchers who, with other community leaders, make decisions about which projects ALUS funds through the Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC is critical to the ALUS model. It ensures that the community-based programs are directed, implemented and managed by the communities themselves.
ALUS, originally an acronym for Alternative Land Use Services, is a charitable organization with an innovative community-developed and farmer-delivered program that produces, enhances and maintains ecosystem services on agricultural lands. Projects such as wetland restoration and enhancement, riparian buffers, shelterbelts, afforestation and native prairie grass restoration provide cleaner water and air, habitat, carbon sequestration and climate resilience.