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
- 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 to ALUS support the protection and enhancement of environmentally sensitive land. Visit the ALUS website for more details on donations.
Find out more
Conservation Program Coordinator, Agriculture Services
More information on ALUS is available on the ALUS website.