Programs & Services

Clear Water Landcare provides programs and services to County landowners with emphasis on environmental stewardship and education.

2021 Conifer Tree Seedling Program

County landowners can order affordable tree seedlings for white spruce or lodgepine seedlings suitable for starting/renovating a shelter belt or rejuvenating a natural area.

The Tree Seedling Program, in partnership with West Fraser, provides purchasers with options to purchase bundled seedlings of fifteen spruce or fifteen pine at $4.50 per bundle (min. order five bundles) with a deposit of $22.50. White spruce and lodgepole pine seedlings are grown for West Fraser by K&C Nursery in Oliver, BC from seed collected west of Rocky Mountain House. This program is also a good candidate for rejuvenating a naturally wooded area.

Application deadline is extended to June 14, 2021 with a seedling delivery in late June/early July.

Trees must be planted on the property applied for and not sold or given away. Please provide verification of land ownership in Clearwater County (example: property tax notice). Applications are subject to Clearwater County approval. Planting sites may be subject to verification.

Each year, between 8,000 – 10,000 seedlings are distributed to County landowners through this program.

If you would like to beautify your property and help the environment, click on the link below to submit an application form.

Tree Seedling Application Form (click here)

Please note that due to the COVID-19, Clearwater County offices are closed to public access (open by appointment only) until further notice. For alternative payment options, see below:

To submit applications:
1. Email dens@clearwatercounty.ca
2. Drop application form off in the main County building drop box near the front doors
3. Mail to: Clearwater County, Attn. Ag and Community Services, 4340-47 Ave, Box 550, Rocky Mountain House, AB, T4T 1A4.

Payment option:
(deposit of $22.50 and balance paid at time of seedling pickup or pay for entire order with application submission)
1. Cheque or cash in an envelope dropped off in the main County building drop box near the front doors (if paying by cheque, make it out to Clearwater County with "Tree Seedlings" in the memo)

For additional information or any questions, please call 403-846-4040 to reach Ag and Community Services

 

Hemp Fiber Mats for Purchase

Available 12-inch and 18-inch square hemp fiber mats to help maximize your tree seedling investment. Great for helping seedlings access light, nutrients and moisture that other vegetation otherwise robs. Only $0.55/12-inch and $1.10/18-inch plus GST. Hemp fiber products also come in rolls (4ft X 50ft) for custom applications like slope protection, row planting where plants are closer together, lining swales or low areas, culvert inlets or outlets, and even pond banks. The rolls cost $100.00 + GST and are an alternative to straw or coconut matting. Call 403-845-4444 for more info.
 

Verbenone Repellent Pouch for Purchase

**Verbenone ordered for 2021 year. Call 403-845-4444 to be put on the interest list to purchase**

Available at the Agriculture and Community Services office. To protect hi-valued pine trees over a small area, the pouches give off a pheromone letting beetle know "this tree is full” to ward off attack. Hang one pouch per tree between June 15 and July 1 at a 5m radius to the next pouch. 

While verbenone has been shown to be effective at low to moderate beetle population pressure, it is not very effective when the pressure is high. Even under low and moderate beetle pressure, complete protection may not be achieved. 

Pouches will be sold in packages of 10 at a cost of $100.00 plus GST. Packages are to be stored in a sealed freezer bag in a freezer. For more information call 403-845-4444.

 

Programs

 

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)

The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is a voluntary, whole farm, self-assessment tool that helps producers identify their environmental risks and develop plans to mitigate identified risks.

Alberta EFP website https://www.albertaefp.com/  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.”

Clearwater County has two EFP technicians available to assist producers in starting, updating or completing an environmental farm plan. 

To learn more about an Environmental Farm Plan click here.
 

Caring for my Land 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. 

Funding is provided through the provincial Watershed Resiliency and Restoration 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. 


COST SHARE: 50% - 75% up to $5000

Eligible rural farm and non-farm landowners will receive 75% cost share funding for riparian fencing along streams, creeks, rivers, springs and surface water bodies, and 50% cost share funding for all other projects and approved expenses - up to $5000 reimbursement per project. 

Eligible Projects include (but not limited to):

  • Off-site watering systems
  • Riparian or streambank fencing (include grazing plan)
  • Cross fencing for rotational grazing to distribute nutrients
  • Beaver pond levelers or exclusion fencing
  • Bridge material for livestock crossings
  • Portable windbreaks/shelters for winter feeding and bedding sites to help distribute nutrients away from runoff areas
  • Development of berms, catchments or filtering buffers to catch runoff
  • Establishment of eco-buffers, shelterbelts and deep rooted perennial forage to filter and retain water

Ineligible Projects include:

  • Replacement of existing fence
  • Drilling a new well
  • Constructing a new dugout

*ALL projects must directly or indirectly protect natural surface water*



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