This <Landowner Guide to the Alberta Wetland Policy> provides information for landowners to better understand their rights and responsibilities when working in and around wetlands on their farm or ranch under Alberta’s Wetland Policy.
*Production of this Guide is part of AB NAWMP Partnership’s ongoing commitment to address the needs brought forward by the agricultural sector.

Wetland Restoration Lease Program

Through DUC-Alberta’s Wetland Restoration Lease Program, landowners are compensated based on current fair market value for restoring previously drained wetlands under a 10-year lease.

The restored wetlands continue to be managed by the landowner. These areas may be hayed or grazed, but they cannot be drained, altered, or tilled during the term of the agreement.

If you are a landowner or cattle producer and have drained wetlands on grazing lands you may be a good fit for this program. This program could also be used as a partial source of financing for new land.

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Are you sure you don’t have a wetland on your property? Find out with this Alberta Wetland Classification System Field Guide. Watch the video to learn more about this resource.

Wetland restoration creates a powerful ripple effect that generates real environmental gains. When wetlands are returned to the landscape, biodiversity increases, birds come back, pollinators return, and so do the land’s natural abilities to defend against things like floods and droughts.  Watch this short video:

Put water back on your land

Bringing wetlands back to life lessens the impacts of drought, provides healthy water areas for livestock and improves biodiversity. Partner with us and get expert technical assistance, and in some regions, project funding and compensation are also available: Wetland Program FAQs.

We work to conserve. manage and restore parcels of land across Alberta. Our restoration programs focus on restoring naturally occurring water levels of drained or altered wetlands. Learn how wetland restoration is a key component of healthy, sustainable rural landscapes.