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Alberta Nurseries’ Alberta Shelterbelt Program Still Going Strong

Maureen Sexsmith-West

ISA Certified Arborist, PR4600A



I recently spoke with the staff at Alberta Nurseries. There has been a misunderstanding that the Shelterbelt Program was no longer available following with the downsizing of the PFRA.


They forwarded a press release to make certain everyone knows the ALBERTA SHELTERBELT PROGRAM STILL GOING STRONG. Please share this news.


Alberta Nurseries has been working in conjunction with The Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) for the past 17 years growing and dispersing tree and shrub seedlings for establishment of shelterbelts and other agroforestry, conservation and reclamation projects on eligible agricultural lands. Spring 2013 marked the end of an era, and was the last season to receive trees from the PFRA due to budget cuts in the federal government.


The Alberta Shelterbelt program will continue to operate and is confident in meeting the perpetual needs of residents in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, with their extensive facilities located in Bowden, Alberta. We have the experienced staff and facilities to deliver quality seedlings. Our Horticulturists and Environmental Technicians are also available to provide extension services where needed.


There are 30 different types of trees, hedges and fruits that can be purchased through the program. Everything is sold in bundles of 10 for $23.00 per bundle. The size of the seedlings are about 1 foot tall.



You can find the Shelterbelt application at www.marketland.net or go to your nearest county office, and they should have an application there for you.


Ordering via telephone is also welcomed and you can reach Alberta Nurseries’ Alberta Shelterbelt Program at 1 403 224 3544.


Orders for Spring 2014 are already under way, and all orders will be taken until April 1. Trees are on a first come first served basis. Trees are to be delivered in May.


The benefits of shelterbelts are numerous. Shelterbelts reduce wind speed, creating necessary micro climates. On average, a mature 5-row shelterbelt, with at least 2 rows of conifers, planted around a farmhouse will reduce its heat requirements by 25%. The trapped snow provides water for dugouts and soil reserves. They provide wildlife habitats, and add biodiversity.

Wherever people build dwellings, one of the first things they turn to is planting trees for shelter, shade, and beauty.


The longevity of the Alberta Shelterbelt Program is a testament to these and the many other benefits of trees.
























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