Alternative Land Use Services

Helping Sustain Agriculture, Wildlife and Open Spaces

Lac Ste. Anne Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) is a leader in the ALUS Community. Of the five thousand acres enrolled across Canada in 2018, 500 were in Lac Ste. Anne County alone; proof positive that the farmers in this region are devout stewards of the land and caretakes of the soil. To date, ALUS Lac Ste. Anne has helped fund multiple watering systems; fences around dugouts and waterbodies; shelterbelt planting; and beaver-friendly management devices. Any producer interested in protecting natural features on their landscape while supporting their farm operation is encouraged to get involved.

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.

Hiring an Arborist

Why Hire an Arborist?

Well cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. For many types of trees pruning is an important part of routine maintenance. With some training, homeowners can carry out the necessary pruning of many trees and shrubs. However, tree removal and pruning of large trees can be hazardous and is best done by a professional.

Contracting an Arborist for tree pruning and tree removal: Once a tree becomes too large to safely maintain yourself, the work should be carried out by an arborist.

Arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.

Services Arborists Provide

Pruning: An arborist can determine the type of pruning necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of trees. Pruning techniques include removing limbs that:

  • Interfere with utilities or structures
  • Obstruct streets or sidewalks
  • Are dead, weak, or decayed and pose unacceptable risk
  • Are diseased or insect-infested
  • Have been damaged by storms
  • Will increase light penetration and reduce wind resistance within the canopy upon removal (thinning)

Other pruning techniques are used to maintain proper structure in young trees, improve tree shape or form, and reduce the likelihood of future damage during storm events.

Tree Removal: Although tree removal is a last resort, there are circumstances when it is necessary. An arborist can help decide whether a tree should be removed. Removal is recommended when the tree is:

  • Dead or dying
  • Considered an unacceptable risk
  • Causing an obstruction that is impossible to correct through pruning
  • Crowding and causing harm to other, more desirable trees to be replaced by a more suitable specimen
  • Located in an area where new construction requires removal

Emergency Tree Care: Storms may cause limbs or entire trees to fall, often landing on other trees, structures, or cars. The weight of storm-damaged trees is great, and they can be dangerous to remove or trim. An arborist can assist in performing the job in a safe manner, while reducing further risk of damage to property.

Planting: Some arborists plant trees, and most can recommend species that are appropriate for a particular location. The wrong tree in the wrong location will lead to future problems as a result of limited growing space, insects, diseases, or poor growth.

Other Services: Many arborists also provide a variety of other tree care services, including:

  • Plant Health Care or preventive maintenance to keep trees in good health while reducing any insect, disease, or site problems
  • Fertilization and soil modification for improved tree health
  • Cabling or bracing for added support to branches with weak attachments
  • Soil aeration to improve root growth
  • Installation of lightning protection systems
  • Applications to manage certain insect and disease problems
  • Consulting and legal expert services relating to trees

Selecting the Right Arborist for the Job

When choosing an arborist, it pays to be an informed customer. The downloadable fact sheet below was designed by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) to help landowners select a qualified, certified arborist.

ISA Arborist Fact Sheet

Outdoor Movie Night


Please be advised that the Sangudo Campground Outdoor Movie Night featuring a screening of the film Before the Plate scheduled for Friday August 23 has been postponed due to weather concerns and low ticket sales.

Agricultural Services and the Sangudo Ag Society will look at an alternate venue to show County residents this insightful and entertaining film about the people who grow and raise the food we eat. Stay tuned for updates.

Follow the people who dedicate their lives to the food we eat.

Outdoor Movie Night

Featuring a Special Screening of Before the Plate

Showing Friday August 23 at the Sangudo Campground by the River

Tickets just $5 per person or $10 per family

Head down to the Sangudo Campground on Friday, August 23 and take in a special showing of Before the Plate, a critically-acclaimed film that follows the people who dedicate their lives to growing the food we eat as we answer some of the most pressing questions about modern farming. Seating begins as early as 7 pm, and the movie will begin around 9 pm - or as soon as it's dark enough. Bring some snacks, a chair, a blanket, and settle in for a great show!

Check out the teaser below, and then go to the Outdoor Movie Night Eventbrite Page to get your tickets! Alternately, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for ticket information.


Outdoor Movie Night is brought to you by Lac Ste Anne County Agricultural Services and the Sangudo Ag Society.

About the Movie

"Before the Plate follows John Horne, one of Canada’s most renowned chefs, on an epic journey as he follows each ingredient from one plate of food back to the farms they came from. Beginning in John’s prestigious restaurant Canoe, located on the 54th floor of a downtown Toronto highrise, John’s journey takes him from the busy, urban city to the rustic, rural origins of his ingredients. During his voyage, John investigates some of the most pressing issues facing farmers today, and discovers what it takes to produce food in a rapidly evolving agricultural landscape. Enjoy a rare look at today's food system, as the worlds of agriculture and cooking come crashing together in one mouth-watering Canadian food story.

ALUS Interest Form

Sustaining Agriculture, Wildlife and Natural Spaces

ALUS Canada makes it possible to offset your environmental footprint through agricultural stewardship. ALUS invests in farmers and ranchers who are producing acres of clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and other ecosystem services in communities across Canada. Interested in learning more? Fill out the expression of interest form below to get started.


What to Expect as a LSACFS Volunteer Firefighter

Being a Paid-on-Call Firefighter means that as a member of the LSACFS team, you receive monetary compensation for the hours you are part of an emergency response, as well as for other assigned duties by the Fire Station Officers. As a LSACFS Firefighter, the County will provide you with all the training necessary to meet requirements as per the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards that Lac Ste. Anne County adheres to.

Along with all the training – AT NO COST TO YOU – you will be provided with all the personal protective equipment needed to protect you while on any emergency scene – AT NO COST TO YOU. Join a dynamic and inspiring team of like-minded individuals who have the desire to help when help is needed, anytime, anywhere.

Our ASK of you, as a potential recruit, is BIG and we cannot hide this fact. From you we need commitment to being away from your family and private life for training, meetings, emergency responses every week. We ask that you live in the response area for the Fire Station you are part of. We ask that you confirm with your physician that the physical requirements of being a Firefighter are something that you are able to do. And, last but by no means least, we ask that you show pride in yourself for the selfless commitment you have in wanting to help – your community, your family, your friends and your neighbours, as well as the strangers you haven’t yet met.

In 2016, LSACFS Fire Stations have the potential to attend to well over 500 emergency calls as the call volume sits at over 350 calls as of August. These calls will range from motor vehicle collisions, medical assistance (as part of Alberta Health Services Medical First Response Program), structure fires, wildland/grass/brush fires, vehicle fires, alarm calls, and aid to the County’s area partner municipalities as well as to many other requests.

Agricultural Services

Cultivating a Strong and Sustainable Future

The County’s Agricultural Services division provides information, expertise and equipment to assist residents with a wide range of agriculture, horticulture and conservation needs. In-house specialists are on hand to assist with crop disease and weed management issues, and knowledgeable staff members are always happy to answer any horticulture-related queries.

Agricultural Services Resources


The Alternative Land Use Services Program helps sustain agriculture, wildlife and natural spaces for the benefit of both landowners and the environment. This voluntary program is available to residents actively using their land for agricultural production.


Agricultural Services supports the development of diversified, competitive and profitable agriculture and agri-business industries that contribute to the economic, environmental and social prosperity of the Lac Ste. Anne County region.


Lac Ste. Anne County's Agricultural Services department provides information, expertise and equipment to assist residents with a wide range of seasonal needs. From weed management and pest control to equipment rentals, we’ll get you growing in the right direction.


County Council Declares State of Agricultural Disaster

Excessive seasonal rainfall results in overland flooding, damaged fields and considerable impacts to landowner properties.

On Wednesday, August 7, Lac Ste. Anne County Council declared a State of Agricultural Disaster. The volume and frequency of precipitation in 2019 has caused incorrigible damage to the crops within the municipality.

While various degrees of damage exist throughout the region, almost all crop has been affected by current moisture conditions in a negative manner. Current conditions have also created an inability for local producers to harvest livestock feed. High humidity and the inability to access waterlogged fields have severely limited the amount feed harvested to this point, with no forecasted change in sight.

The small inventory of feed that has been harvested has been put up in poor condition with degraded feed value and potential storage issues.

There is increasing desperation among the Farmers and Ranchers within Lac Ste. Anne County as they continue to watch the daily accumulation of rainfall further inhibit the 2019 crop year.

Agricultural News Highlights

County Conducts Aerial Flood S...

08 August 2019
County Conducts Aerial Flood Survey

On Thursday, August 1, Lac Ste. Anne County chartered a helicopter servi...

County Declares State of Agric...

07 August 2019
County Declares State of Agricultural Disaster

Lac Ste. Anne County Council today declared a State of Agricultural Disa...

UFA Launches $500k Rural Grant...

30 July 2019
UFA Launches $500k Rural Grant Fund

The United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative has announced a five-year, $5...

Know Your Clubroot Status?

08 May 2019
Know Your Clubroot Status?

Lac Ste. Anne County’s Agricultural Services department annually inspect...

Farm Energy and Agri-Processin...

04 March 2019
Farm Energy and Agri-Processing (FEAP) Program

To be eligible for funding, a Photovoltaics system must be:

Ag Plastics Recycling Group Ge...

04 March 2019
Ag Plastics Recycling Group Gets Government Boost

  The Department of Agriculture and Forestry has announced government fund...

On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics (O...

04 March 2019
On-Farm Solar Photovoltaics (OFSPV) Program

To be eligible for funding, a Photovoltaics system must be:

Farm Health and Safety Produce...

17 October 2018
Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant Program

The Farm Health and Safety Producer Grant Program has been launched. ...

Success in the Lake Isle Water...

07 June 2018
Success in the Lake Isle Watershed - ALUS Program

In March of 2015 the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program began ...

New Year, Old Friends

05 February 2018
New Year, Old Friends

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution to reconnect with old friends...

Clubroot Info Session Wrap-up

22 November 2017
Clubroot Info Session Wrap-up

A free clubroot information session was hosted at the Lac Ste. Anne Coun...

Woodlot Resources

15 October 2017
Woodlot Resources

Woodlot Establishment and Management: Managed forest cover on private l...

WRRP Grant Update

29 September 2017
WRRP Grant Update

Are you ready to trade in marginal land and grow ecosystem services? ...

Welcome to Lac Ste. Anne’s New...

27 September 2017
Welcome to Lac Ste. Anne’s Newest Residents

Canada Thistle Stem-Mining Weevils

Letter to the Minister of Fina...

19 September 2017
Letter to the Minister of Finance from LSAC Ag Services Board

Ross Bohnet, Chairman of Lac Ste. Anne County Agricultural Service Board...

Crop Watch - Annual Field Surv...

13 August 2017
Crop Watch - Annual Field Surveillance Program

Agricultural Services is on the lookout for several diseases and pests c...

Plastic Mulch for Shelterbelt ...

25 April 2017
Plastic Mulch for Shelterbelt Plantings

Black plastic mulch increases the success rate of shelterbelt establishm...

Winding Creek Ranch Wins 2017 ...

20 April 2017
Winding Creek Ranch Wins 2017 ESA

Alberta Beef Producers presented Tom Thompson and Winding Creek Ranch wi...


About the County

Lac Ste. Anne County is a governing body in central Alberta, Canada. Its administrative office is located at 56521, Range Road 65, Lac Ste. Anne County, near the Hamlet of Sangudo — about an hour's drive west of Edmonton. Founded in 1944, Lac Ste. Anne County's namesake comes from its largest and most historically significant body of water, Lac Ste. Anne. // MORE

Contact Information

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