Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP)
CAP is a five-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial investment in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector set to begin in April 2018, and is the successor of the 2013-18 Growing Forward 2 partnership. In Alberta, CAP represents a federal - provincial investment of $406 million in strategic programs and initiatives for the agricultural sector.
For more information about the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, click here or call the LARA office 780-826-7260.
Lakeland Agricultural Research Association Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (LARAWRRP)
Watersheds are unique, come in many shapes and sizes and can cross many different land uses. The simple definition of a watershed is the area of land that catches precipitation, and drains into a wetland, stream, river or groundwater. The riparian zone is the interface between the upland and a water course. This area is heavily influenced by water, how and where it flows and is reflected in the plants, soil characteristics and wildlife that are found there. Riparian areas have a large role in water quality, quantity and biodiversity. They provide eight key functions to: trap and store sediment; build and maintain banks and shorelines; store water; recharge aquifers; filter and buffer water; reduce and dissipate energy; create primary production; and maintain biodiversity by providing habitat for plants, wildlife and fish. These Ecological Services benefit people, other living organisms, and the overall functioning of interconnected natural systems within watersheds. Conservation and restoration of wetlands and riparian areas in Alberta are needed for sustainably functioning watersheds.
LARA has received a grant from Alberta Environment and Parks for the purpose of implementing BMPs to protect and improve our wetlands and riparian areas in the watershed.