Wetland Restoration Lease Program

Offered in Alberta

Under this program, DUC pays landowners current fair market value to restore previously drained wetland areas under a 10-year lease.

The restored area remains under the management of the landowner and can be hayed or grazed but not drained, altered or tilled during the term of the agreement. Landowners receive compensation from DUC for this restriction which could be used by farmers to support new land purchases. The lease program is a very good fit for cattle producers who have drained wetlands on grazing lands.

Contact us for details on programs in your area:

In Alberta: 1-866-479-3825,, FAQs