Alternative Land Use Services

Helping Sustain Agriculture, Wildlife and Open Spaces

Lac Ste. Anne County is looking for agricultural producers to participate in our Alternative Land Use Services Program which helps sustain agriculture, wildlife, and natural spaces for the benefit of both landowners and the environment. The ALUS program is voluntary and available to residents who are actively using their land for agricultural production. It is not available for acreage owners who aren’t actively producing off their landscape.

We are looking for agricultural producers whose farms will benefit from one or more of the following project types:

  • Riparian area enhancements and expansions
  • Wetland restoration, creation & enhancement
  • fencing around water bodies
  • Multi-row shelterbelts/reforestation
  • Watering systems
  • Nesting structures
  • Native prairie establishment
  • Pollinator habitat

Our priority is taking marginal, unproductive, inefficient, or environmentally sensitive lands out of agricultural production and putting them into the production of environmental goods and services. Some examples of land suitable for ALUS projects include:

  • Riparian areas along watercourses
  • Steeply sloped crop land
  • Low wet field areas and wetlands
  • Highly erodible fields
  • Small fields that are not able to efficiently handle farming equipment

Why Participate in ALUS?

ALUS is a voluntary program dedicated to helping you establish your environmental visions for your property. ALUS provides a monetary incentive to eligible landowners for establishing these stewardship projects on their property.

The ALUS annual payments are based on acres taken out of production and are a recognition that implementing stewardship activities costs landowners money. Because the benefits provided, such as clearer water and air, benefit society as a whole we believe landowners should be compensated for some of the costs.

ALUS helps producers in three ways:

  1. By working with producers to identify stewardship opportunities on their farms, and helping them throughout the ALUS process.
  2. By sharing establishment costs (for materials and labour) with the land owner or manager.
  3. By providing an annual payment, based on competitive local land rental rates, for land that is taken out of production.

Get Involved!

If your land could benefit from any of the eligible projects and you are interested in enrolling in ALUS, please use the form below to get in touch. Alternately, landowners can contact the County ALUS Coordinator by phone at 780.785.3411, toll-free at 1.866.880.5722, or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Success in the Lake Isle Watershed – Alternative Land Use Services Program

In March of 2015 the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program began its debut for Lac Ste. Anne County in the Lake Isle - Sturgeon River Headwaters Sub-watersheds. Since its inception in the sub- watersheds, ALUS Lac Ste. Anne and Parkland County established 10 projects on 7 unique farms positively impacting 160 acres of farmland. Projects included fencing off waterways from livestock, protecting riparian areas, and planting native vegetation on degraded land. The goal of these projects is to improve water quality, enhance wildlife habitat, prevent soil erosion and loss, and increase biodiversity. This program aims to reduce the impacts of flood and drought events on the landscape. ALUS works by implementing Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) and is designed to compliment the current agricultural operations. ALUS works with the farmer to design projects and provide technical and financial support to see the project right through to the end. The Agricultural Watershed Enhancement Program (AWEP) under Growing Forward 2 provided a grant to get ALUS up and running with tremendous help from Parkland County. A second grant through the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program was secured in 2017 to grow ALUS in Lac Ste. Anne County. If you are an active agricultural producer in Lac Ste Anne County looking to do an ALUS project, contact the County office at 1-866-880-5722.

Choose from the Following Agricultural Services

Rental Equipment

Lac Ste. Anne County offers numerous pieces of agricultural equipment and products for rent, from pest traps to pasture sprayers and much more.

Weed & Pest Control

Lac Ste. Anne County implements a spectrum of integrated pest management systems to control and eradicate noxious and prohibited noxious weeds.

Reference Library

Explore the County's frequently updated informational resource for farming, ranching and all things agriculture.

Agricultural Services Board

The County aims to maintain healthy populations of wildlife while controlling those species known to cause disturbance for residents.

About the County

Founded in 1944, Lac Ste. Anne County is a municipal district in central Alberta, Canada. It is located in Census Division 13, roughly 45 minutes northwest of Edmonton. The County's administrative office is located at 56521 Range Road 65. Its namesake comes from its largest body of water, Lac Ste. Anne.

Contact Information

  Box 219, Sangudo AB T0E 2A0
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 (780) 785-3411
 (780) 785-2359