Farmers, ranchers, and acreage owners with a riparian area can learn how to maximize the benefits these areas provide to their operations and surrounding watersheds at a two-day workshop being held at several locations this summer.
The workshops will cover how to assess the health, benefits, and potential uses of natural water on a property. Benefits include improved water quality, moderation of floods and droughts, erosion reduction, wildlife habitat, forage production, recreational opportunities, and alternative enterprises (such as timber, firewood, fruit, nuts, mushrooms, and medicinal plants).
The workshops will, weather permitting, include visits to nearby riparian areas on both days, along with a course workbook and informational fact sheets and manuals. Lunch and snacks will also be provided at the workshops, which are being put on by the Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society, Cows and Fish, and several counties and municipal districts. The dates and locations are:
- June 15-16: Northern Sunrise County;
- July 19-20: Brazeau County;
- July 23-24: Mountain View County;
- August 10-11: Lac Ste. Anne County;
- Sept. 7-8: Greenview County;
- Sept. 21-22: Vermilion River County.
The fee is $20 per participant. This fee has been greatly reduced, as the majority of course costs are being covered by a grant from the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program, administered by Alberta Environment and Parks. The primary objective of this program is to increase the natural ability of the province’s watersheds to reduce the intensity, magnitude, duration and effects of flooding and drought through watershed mitigation measures.
For more information about the Riparian Management Course, contact Luke Wonneck, agroforestry technician with the Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society at 780-643-2240.