Trees give protection from wind for people and livestock, they trap snow and valuable moisture, and they provide a home and food for many wildlife species. Red Deer County has several programs that help County landowners plant more trees.
Landowners may be eligible to apply for funding to plant trees for many purposes. The County's Conservation Coordinator, Ken Lewis, is available to help you access this funding through our ALUS program for agricultural lands, and Green Acreages for acreage properties.
View our tree pruning fact sheets or this helpful presentation available for beginner pruners. For any large pruning, please contact a professional certified arborist. Please note that there is a yearly pruning ban in effect on Dutch Elm from April 1 - September 30.
Part 7 Sec 59-7 of the Red Deer County land use bylaw states "Within the Agricultural District no windbreak or solid fence shall be located within 25 metres (82 feet) from the centre line of any public road other than a lane, or as otherwise approved by the Development Authority". (Bylaw No. 2017/23). For more information, please contact Planning & Development.
On March 11, a free webinar was held which covered pruning basics, local tree pests and diseases. The webinar featured guest speaker Toso Bozic, ISA Certified Arborist, and tree expert from Yard Whisperers.