Got prairie potholes?
Well we feel your pain. Let’s face it, wetlands or any other form of marginal farmland can take a toll on your farm’s bottom line.
But removing that habitat can take a toll on local wildlife, which can adversely affect an otherwise healthy ecosystem. And that’s not good either.
Now there’s a win-win solution, thanks to a new program being ushered in by Flagstaff County.
It’s called ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services).
Under this unique grassroots approach, farmers are encouraged to sign a conservation agreement for areas deemed environmentally sensitive or inefficient to farm. In return, landowners receive per-acre payments annually.
Conservation projects for marginally productive farmland are dependent on various factors, including local ecology. The projects are developed in consultation with the farmer and are independently monitored and audited.
Payments are based largely on local land rental rates.