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
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.