As the largest single group of landowners in Canada, agricultural producers are in a unique position to provide important solutions to some of the most pressing conservation challenges of our time, including climate change and biodiversity loss.
Active in six provinces to date, the ALUS program provides a financial incentive for producing valuable ecological services on Canadian farmland.
These ecological services include clean air, clean water, flood mitigation, climate adaption, carbon sequestration, species at resist habitat and support for our native bees and pollinators.
Specifically, ALUS helps farmers and ranchers restore wetlands, reforest, plant windbreaks, install riparian buffers, manage sustainable drainage systems, create pollinator habitat and establish other ecologically beneficial projects on their properties.
What's more, ALUS provides annual payments to ensure the ongoing stewardship of each ALUS project.
Based on sound scientific principles and verification guidelines, ALUS provides valuable support and technical expertise for that design and implementation of each green infrastructure project.
In this way, ALUS turns marginal farmland into healthy ecosystems, linking Canada's natural heritage across agricultural lands.
Thanks to the generous commitment of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and other dedicated supporters, ALUS Canada is rapidly expanding into many new communities across the country.
(From left to right: Garret Jackson, Bryan Zwack, Brenda Martin, Howard Shield and Melvin Thompson.)
From Red Deer, Alberta to Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, each ALUS program is managed by a local ALUS Coodinator and a Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC).
The PAC, which is made up of agricultural producers and such local stakeholders as municipalities, conservation groups, farm associations, and government agencies, determines how the local ALUS program will run, within the framework of ALUS Canada's principles and guidelines.
For many years, ALUS Canada has been building excellent relationships within agricultural communities while perfecting its unique mechanism for delivering conservation outcomes from Canada's rural acres.
And now, ALUS Canada is building new markets for these acres of ecological services. Through ALUS Canada, citizens, corporations, and philanthropists can invest directly in Canadian environmental stewardship, one acre at a time.
For more information, please contact your local ALUS program coordinator, or the team at ALUS Canada.
The ALUS program is relatively new to Flagstaff County. The team at ALUS–Flagstaff is currently looking for producers interested in establishing ALUS projects on their land, such as creating, restoring, enhancing and conserving wetlands, riparian fencing and buffering, off-site watering, establishing upland native prairie, and planting shelterbelts.
If you're thinking of designing any pollinator projects, you may want to check out the Aspen Parkland guide.
ALUS – FLAGSTAFF COUNTY
ALUS-Flagstaff Program Coordinator
12435 Twp. Rd. 442; P.O. Box 358
Sedgewick, AB; T0B 4C0
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