Sturgeon County - ALUS
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  • Join us for the ALUS Webinar! 

    Get to know your local ALUS Coordinator, ask questions, and learn about the ALUS program for Sturgeon County.

    Date: November 3, 2021
    Time:  9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    Location:  Virtual - a link will be sent upon registration



  • Note: this webinar is specifically for farmers and ranchers in Sturgeon County only. Sessions for acreage owners may be considered in the future.


  • The personal information provide is collected under the authority of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and will be used to register you for the ALUS Webinar.  If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information, please contact the Sturgeon County Access and Privacy Officer at 9613 – 100 Street, Morinville, Alberta, T8R 1L9 (780) 939.4321 or foip@sturgeoncounty.ca

Alternative Land Use ServicesAlternative Land Use Services

Innovative Opportunity for Agriculture Producers

The ALUS program, named for the alternative land use services pilot project that launched it, is a community-developed and farmer-delivered program that works with farmers and ranchers to produce valuable ecological services on Canadian farmland. ALUS recognizes the important role producers play as stewards of the land and empowers them to deliver environmental benefits on the working landscape. This includes providing agricultural producers with cost-sharing incentives for starting and maintaining environmental projects.

ALUS focuses on marginal or environmentally sensitive land, including land with waterbodies or watercourses, small or steep fields that cannot be farmed efficiently, highly erodible fields, or areas with poor soil quality. Funding is reserved for projects that deliver ecosystem services such as cleaner air and water, carbon sequestration, erosion control, flood mitigation, pollinator support and improving wildlife habitat.

ALUS projects can provide valuable resilience during times of drought and flood, holding water on the land and storing it in native pants and constructed or restored wetlands. This water retention function serves as a backstop in times of emergency, reducing the impacts of extreme weather. The projects also provide many co-benefits to agricultural producers, e.g. native insects attracted to the habitat can help reduce crop pests.

Some examples of projects funded under ALUS include:

  • Watering systems for livestock
  • Planting shelterbelts
  • Improving buffers around waterbodies and fencing off waterbodies
  • Reforestation
  • Planting flowering vegetation for pollinator species
  • Creating, restoring, or enhancing wetlands
  • Erosion control
  • Installing bird nest or other habitat structures

How ALUS can help you

If you are an agricultural producer who is a resident of Sturgeon County, ALUS can provide cost sharing incentives for establishment costs of a project. ALUS may also provide per-acre annual payment to recognize your dedication to managing and maintaining ALUS projects on your land.

We anticipate the Sturgeon County ALUS program will be ready to accept projects in the Fall of 2021. Please contact the Conservation Program Coordinator for more information.

ALUS Partnership Advisory Committee

Sturgeon County is in the process of developing the Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC is made up of local agricultural producers, technical experts, and Councillors who are passionate about the intersection of agriculture and the environment. The PAC will lead the ALUS program within the County, providing direction on which projects will have the greatest local impact.

Donations

Donations to ALUS support the protection and enhancement of environmentally sensitive land. Visit the ALUS website for more details on donations.

Find out more

Christine Bobey
Conservation Program Coordinator, Agriculture Services
Phone: 587-984-4702

More information on ALUS is available on the ALUS website.