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By Aimee Delaney, Green Acreages CoordinatorOn June 20, Red Deer County hosted local landowners for a workshop about Eco-buffers and shelterbelts.The workshop was hosted in conjunction with the Agro-forest Woodlot Extension Society (AWES) and was in part an introductory workshop to help landowners understand the differences between an eco-buffer and a traditional shelterbelt, their ideal locations and growing conditions, and determining which is best for their surroundings.“When planting a shelterbelt or an eco-buffer, site prep is one of the most important elements in a well-established, long lasting planting,” said Luke Wonneck, Agroforestry Technician with AWES. Another good rule of thumb: When trying to go through and rejuvenate shelterbelts and eco-buffers don’t plant what has already been there and died – there is most likely a reason. Try native species already accustomed to the growing conditions in your area.If you missed the last workshop there is no need to worry. Now, another Eco-buffer and shelterbelt workshop is being put together which will help you not only learn more helpful tips and tricks for the health of your tree plantings, but there will be time to design your shelterbelt or eco-buffer along with estimating the costs and labour requirements to ensure a vigorous establishment. We will also share funding opportunities for Red Deer County landowners to help with establishment costs.While details of the new workshop are being confirmed, please tentatively book your calendars for September 18 and keep an eye out in the next County News or our bi-weekly Producer Update (sign up via Megan) for the details as they come. To pre-register, please contact Megan at 403.342.8654 or email email@example.com. Additionally: Re-establishing or enhancing native plants and areas on your farm, ranch or acreage could be an eligible ALUS or Green Acreages project. Contact Ken (for ALUS) or Aimee (Green Acreages) at 403.350.2150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.