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This photo from the website of the Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society shows willow cuttings being planted in a riparian area.

Get more out of your riparian areas

Workshops offered for assessing the health, benefits, and potential uses of the water on your property

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. […] Read more

Luke Wonneck, agroforestry technician with the Alberta Woodlot and Extension Society, describes the newly created eco-buffer at the Edmonton Corn Maze in Parkland County.

Want to keep pollinators and beneficial species on your land? Build an eco-buffer

Edmonton Corn Maze is showcasing an eco-buffer — a community 
of trees and plants that provide a host of benefits for farms

If you build an eco-buffer, beneficial species will come. An eco-buffer is a planned community of trees, plants, and herbaceous species that provide pollinator and wildlife habitat, shelter for livestock, nutrient cycling, and groundwater recharge. A newly created eco-buffer, designed as part of an ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services) project, will soon demonstrate its value […] Read more


Planting directly underneath a power line means you’ll be doing a lot of pruning, which is also harmful for the trees.

Want to plant a shelterbelt? Here are some tips

A windbreak designed for your farm site is well worth the investment, but mistakes can cause years of headaches

It pays to think ahead when planting a shelterbelt. The first step is site selection, said Jeff Renton of the Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society, a joint venture of government, industry, and conservation agencies that promotes stewardship and offers extension services. The site needs proper setbacks from homes, roads, crops, and utilities. “Know where the […] Read more

If you're buying your trees from a nursery, ask where the stock came from – many trees are not adapted for harsher climates.

Tree planting dos and don’ts

Agroforestry specialist Toso Bozic outlines the basics from buying to planting

A tree needs a healthy head start and that begins with selecting the right seedlings. “Ask where the stock came from, as many trees are not adapted to Alberta’s harsher climate,” said provincial agroforestry specialist Toso Bozic. “If you don’t get a tree that suits your needs, wait for next season and order in advance.” […] Read more