Agroforestry & Woodlot Extension Society

What We Do

Our work is based in a variety of subject areas including:

* Riparian forest establishment, restoration, and management
* Establishment, management, and economics of shelterbelts / windbreaks
* Woodlot management planning, forest ecology, harvesting, and tree planting
* Innovative agroforestry practices (e.g. crop design and pollination, ecobuffers)
* Insects, diseases and environmental issues
* Wood bioenergy applications / opportunities
* Environmental benefits of trees, woodlots, and agroforestry elements
* Value added, and specialty forest and wood products (e.g. sawmilling and firewood)
* Fire prevention and management
* Ecosystem and recreational services: opportunities for landowners

Our staff present at 30-50 workshops and attend several tradeshows within Alberta each year and connect with thousands of residents of Alberta, municipal staff, government employees, and industry representatives.

AWES provides tree-planting services (i.e. seedling order, site assessment, site preparation, planting, and evaluation) in a variety of settings throughout Alberta, with projects ranging from 1,000 to 80,000 seedlings. By implementing these services, AWES is improving the biodiversity, wildlife habitat, recreation and conservation of different regions throughout the province. One project such as this would be the Beaverlodge Riparian Restoration Project. Due to land clearing and current livestock population of the area, vegetation cover had degraded substainally. Over the duration of the project and with the help of over a dozen landowners, more than 120,000 trees were planted on 150 acres of land, with the resulting success of the project receiving provincial, national and international media acknowledgement. AWES is also developing a riparian planting manual for Alberta to be completed in late 2016. The guide demonstrates the best practices in establishing and maintaining riparian tree and shrub plantings for the benefit of landowners, government/non-government organizations, industry, and counties.

We provide extension through a variety of settings and media including:
* Field tours
* Workshops / sessions
* On-site consultations
* Trade shows
* Articles and fact sheets
* Radio interviews
* Manual

Riparian planting in Crows Nest Pass
Summer group workshops

Who We Are

The Agroforestry & Woodlot Extension Society (AWES) is a non-profit society that is a joint venture between government, industry, and conservation agencies. AWES evolved from the former Woodlot Extension Program (WEP) established in 2000. The objective was to provide extension services to landowners and to encourage the environmental stewardship and sustainable management of more than 3.6 million hectares of privately owned forested land in Alberta.

The similar mission of AWES is to increase the awareness of the economic, social, and environmental values of agroforestry and woodlots within the landscape. AWES promotes and encourages responsible stewardship and sustainable management of privately owned forested land in Alberta by providing project support and extension services to landowners, land stewards, and others who influence land use practices in Alberta.

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