Put water back on your land
Help lessen the impacts of drought on your land by restoring a previously drained wetland. Our restoration programs focus on restoring naturally occurring water levels of drained or altered wetlands.
Partner with DUC-Alberta for expert technical assistance, and in some regions, project funding and compensation is also available. Wetland Program FAQs.
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.
Landowners and cattle producers who have drained wetlands on grazing lands are often a very good fit for this program. This program could also be used as a partial source of financing for new land.