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Conifer Tree Seedling Program (2020)

West Fraser has made white spruce and lodgepole pine seedlings available to County residents through Clearwater County for the past four years. White spruce and lodgepole pine seedlings are grown for West Fraser by PRT Nurseries in Skimikin, BC from seed collected west of Rocky Mountain House.This program is also a good candidate for rejuvenating a naturally wooded area. If you would like to beautify your property and help the environment, click on the link below to submit an application form.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) 

The CAP program launched in the spring of 2018 with an investment of $406 million, toward a variety of programs and grant incentives. There is an environmental stewardship component to this program. For more information click here

Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP)

Alberta EFP website  states:

"Effective April 1, 2018, producers will need to have an EFP completion letter dated within the last 10 years to be considered current and eligible for cost-share funding with the Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change programs of the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP). 
That means, for example, if you apply in September 1, 2018, your EFP will need to have been approved on or after September 1, 2008 to be considered for current funding.”

EFP’s are moving to web-based delivery.  In other words, gone are the humongous binders and in is a computer-based EFP.  There are several reasons for this.

The content is much different than when EFP launched in 2002.  It will be much easier to make changes electronically and easier for the producer to update their own plans.  Think of it like using the Crop Protection manual – the so called Blue Book.   Would you rather use the 2018 version for this crop season or one that is a few years old?  

The information is readily available and secure.  Think how the digital world has changed health care.  X-rays, lab work and more is transmitted in hours versus days and immunization or other health data archived for ease of access.  An EFP is like farm care with timely access to information.

There is now a fix for a lost information.  In the early years there was no data base of names therefore it became common for a lost binder or missing completion certificate to become a big deal to replace.  Today a garage can pull up a record of your vehicle, a bank can provide transaction history and an on-line shopping site can manage your order, payment and shipping with a keystroke.  EFP is just another opportunity moved into the electronic world.

Starting an EFP is like the elevator in a high-rise building.  It’s much easier and prudent to get on the elevator at ground level than to run up six flights of stairs to catch it going up.  

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) program is due to succeed Growing Forward 2 this spring.  A current EFP will be like a key to a door, allowing producers to seek funding for most environment programs.   

To learn more about an Environmental Farm Plan click here.

"Caring for my Land" Funding Program

Recognizing the cost associated with on-the-ground practice change the Caring for My Land (C4mL) program is intended to reduce the financial burden that comes with implementing beneficial practice change.

Rural farm or non-farm landowners in Clearwater County – especially those with land vulnerable to water and/or wind erosion – are eligible to apply.  

Funding is provided through the provincial Watershed Restoration and Resiliency Program (WRRP).  WRRP focuses on improving upland and lowland areas making watersheds more resilient to seasonal runoff and high water events and periods of drought or water deficiency.  There are several ways to achieve this.
  • Winter grazing and feeding management including wintering sites to distribute nutrients more evenly and away from runoff areas
  • Establishing soil binding, deep rooted perennial forage, trees and shrubs to slow, filter and retain water
  • Using cross fencing to manage grazing to encourage deeper rooted grasses, reduce weed pressure, manage soil erosion and more evenly distributed manure
  • Using riparian fencing to create buffers for riparian protection or other sensitive areas including erosion prone areas
  • Developing livestock watering sites – preferably with either mobile troughs or pasture pipelines – to move cattle through pasture and avoid nutrient build up, erosion and source contamination
  • Revitalizing wetland areas to maximize water retention, filtering and aquifer recharge using buffers and added vegetation – planting or seeding – to achieve diversity
  • Developing berms and/or catchments along with filtering buffers to capture runoff and release water slowly back into the environment
  • Managing runoff on non-farm or hobby farm lands to slow and filter runoff water, recharge aquifers and provide habitat 
  • Encouraging diversity of beneficial species – such as raptors for rodent control – to protect beneficial vegetation

Rural farm or non-farm landowners in Clearwater County – especially those with land vulnerable to water and/or wind erosion – are eligible to apply.  

Green Acreages Guide