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Green Acreages: Money, Money, Money

Posted November 10, 2020 by LSC

For the first time ever, the Green Acreages program is able to offer funding to acreage owners for implementing stewardship projects on their properties.

Thanks to WRRP, we have the opportunity to directly support acreage, hobby farm and recreational property owners across Alberta by cost-sharing on eligible stewardship projects. Under the Green Acreages funding program, acreage owners may receive up to $2500 for eligible projects that help mitigate flooding and/or drought on their properties.

Eligible projects could include:

  • 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 project funding is available until 2021. Winter is a great time to submit your application and start planning so you can hit the ground running in spring 2021.

The easy to use application form is available online and you can always reach out to Milena, the Green Acreages Program Coordinator, if you have questions or want to discuss a potential project before submitting your application.


Putting Green Acreages Resources to Work

Posted September 17, 2020 by LSC

On Monday, August 31, 2020, Milena McWatt (Green Acreages Program Coordinator at Land Stewardship Centre) and Ken Lewis (Conservation Coordinator at Red Deer County) had the pleasure of visiting 4 Acres Farm, a small hobby farm acreage in Red Deer County.

We were met by Nicole Poburan, who owns the acreage with her husband Stephen. Nicole showed us around and we got to meet her Nigerian dwarf goats, grazing pigs, cats, dogs, rabbits, and honeybees – a whole menagerie!

Photo: Nicole Poburan with one of her goats.

We walked the property and discussed some drainage/flooding concerns that Nicole and Stephen have, as well as other acreage stewardship projects they are interested in undertaking on their hobby farm. Nicole mentioned that she and Stephen had tons of ideas for stewardship initiatives on their acreage after attending the Green Acreages Workshop and perusing the Green Acreages Guide workbook resource for acreage owners.

Situated in Red Deer County, the Poburans’ property is eligible for project funding through LSC‘s provincial Green Acreages Program as well as Red Deer County’s Green Acreages Program.

Photo: Ken Lewis (L) with acreage owner Nicole Poburan at 4 Acres Farm.

We are looking forward to receiving one or more applications from the Poburans for projects to mitigate flooding on their acreage (potential for wet well installation, planting native trees and shrubs, wetland restoration). They will likely also apply to Red Deer County’s project funding for the establishment of a pollinator garden that will bloom from spring through fall.

Project funding for Land Stewardship Centre’s Green Acreages Program is available for two years and projects must address flooding or drought. Check out the Green Acreages pages for more information on funding, resources and workshops.


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