Location: Province Wide, Alberta
This project will directly impact real estate practices by educating Albertan landowners of all sizes on the management of the forested portion of their lands. This includes supporting municipalities, hamlets, and summer villages in understanding opportunities for improved management of rural forested lands.
Rural properties benefit from woodlots and shelterbelts (eco-buffers) by reducing possible forest fire risks, reducing soil erosion and wind impacts on buildings, and enhances overall aesthetics. Proper woodlot management ensures the health of forested lands and increases the value of the land.
Real estate professionals authorized to trade in rural properties can provide clients with access to professional advice on the forested portions of rural land through the Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society (AWES). AWES’ referral card can be shared with clients who may require one-on-one onsite consultation to assess the health, maintenance, or re-establishment of their forested areas. Through these consultations, landowners and managers can work with AWES to develop provincially recognized Woodlot Management Plans. Initial consultations are free of charge.
The Alberta Real Estate Foundation is mandated to support the education of real estate professionals and the public in respect of the real estate industry as well as advance and improve the real estate industry.
This project fits under the Foundation’s Land Stewardship & Environment area of interest which enables Albertans to understand and respond to changing land-use patterns, growth pressures, air, and water management issues and enhance the ecological quality of their communities.