Introduction

Ownership of small acreages, hobby farms and recreational properties is growing. Increasingly, these property owners are searching for information and support to manage their properties in a sustainable manner.

Land Stewardship Centre developed the Green Acreages resources (workbook and primer) especially for acreage, hobby farm and recreational property owners, to help them develop and implement stewardship practices that conserve and protect the valuable natural assets, such as air, land, water, wildlife, associated with their properties.

With funding from Alberta's Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program and support from rural municipalities, Land Stewardship Centre is expanding the Green Acreages program and is now accepting applications from small acreage, hobby farm and recreational property owners to fund cost-shared, eligible stewardship initiatives on their properties.

Through this funding 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 value to the project). Applicants are welcome to seek funding from other sources/other grants.

To be eligible, cost-share projects must incorporate beneficial management practices that will lessen the impacts of flooding and drought incidents. For example:
  • Wetland enhancements, such as enhancing riparian and upland vegetation associated with wetlands
  • Storm water management
  • Riparian zone enhancement through planting and buffers
  • Shoreline remediation and/or re-naturalization
  • 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 physical re-establishment of shorelines)
  • 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
If at any time you have questions about the Green Acreages program or this application form, please contact the program coordinator, Milena McWatt at milena@landstewardship.org or 780-483-1885 extension 222.
 
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