Ownership of small acreages, hobby farms and recreational properties is growing in Alberta. More and more, acreage owners are searching for information and support for how best to manage their properties in a sustainable manner.
The Green Acreages program offers publications, workshops and incentives developed especially for acreage, hobby farm and recreational property owners to help them implement stewardship practices that conserve and protect the valuable natural assets, such as air, land, water, wildlife, associated with their properties.
This booklet provides an introduction to the basics of owning and managing a rural property on topics such as water and waste management, living with wildlife, weed and pest control and much more. With funding support from TD Friends of the Environment and Alberta Real Estate Foundation, we updated the Primer to include additional resources as well as new content about Resource Development and Extraction and Easements and Rights-of-Way. View the flipbook online or download the PDF. Print copies are also available for municipalities and stewardship groups in our online store.
The more comprehensive Workbook takes stewardship to the next level. Each chapter begins with an overview of an issue and background information, includes relevant legislation, offers examples of beneficial management practices and provides sources of additional information. At the end of each module, handy worksheets help you document and evaluate how you manage your property. Order your copy today for only $35.00 plus GST/shipping.
With funding from Alberta’s Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program and support from rural municipalities, we’ve expanded the Green Acreages program and are now accepting applications from small acreage, hobby farm and recreational property owners to fund cost-shared, eligible stewardship initiatives on their properties. Through this initiative, eligible projects may be funded 50:50 up to a maximum of $2500 per project on a cost-share basis (i.e., property owners must contribute the same or greater cash or in-kind value to the projects). To be eligible, cost-share projects must incorporate beneficial management practices that will lessen the impacts of flooding and drought incidents.
- Projects that enhance natural watershed function
- Wetland enhancements, such as enhancing riparian and upland vegetation associated with wetlands
- Stormwater management, such as erosion controls, planting vegetation, wetland enhancements or construction, hydrologic function enhancement for the watershed (may include planting, contouring, wetland construction), floodplain restoration, low-impact developments (such as rain gardens and bioswales)
- Riparian zone enhancements through planting and buffers
- Shoreline remediation and/or re-naturalization, such as planting native species, reinforcing shoreline through soil bioengineering and other natural methods
- Erosion reduction measures (e.g., shoreline or riparian naturalization with native plants, establishing a buffer of native plants between landscaped areas and bodies of water, and re-establishment of shorelines through soil bioengineering and other natural methods)
- Exclusion fencing, off-site watering systems and stream crossings (e.g., to keep livestock out of water bodies and away from riparian areas)
- Use of native species in planting initiatives
Green Acreages Workshops are informative, educational and interactive. Hosted in partnership with local municipalities, and led by an experienced and knowledgeable facilitator, these workshops offer a practical, hands-on approach to helping people become better stewards of their acreages and recreational properties.
Using the Workbook and its corresponding worksheets as a guide, and using an aerial photograph of individuals’ properties provided by their municipality, by the end of a workshop, each attendee will have learned more about what they can do and the resources available to them, and come away with a Workbook and the start of a stewardship plan for their property. At a workshop, you will learn how to:
- Better manage and improve your property
- Evaluate your acreage
- Map your property assets and plan your activities
- Access funding to help with a stewardship project and the projects that qualify
- And more